Register Now for January CCP Virtual Meeting About Chatham County Natural Areas Inventory

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Chatham County’s Haw River.

Chatham County’s Haw River. Photo by Chris Whitted on behalf of Friends of Lower Haw River.

The January 2024 Chatham Conservation Partnership (CCP) meeting will focus on an update to the Natural Areas Inventory of Chatham County. The webinar will be on Thursday, January 18 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.

The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program (NCNHP) is conducting a county-wide inventory of important natural areas in Chatham County! Natural Areas designated by the NCNHP include examples of high quality natural communities, rare species occurrences, and other special habitats. This inventory is an update to the original Inventory of Natural Areas and Wildlife Habitats in Chatham County, NC, published in 1992. Join us to learn more about the inventory, how the information is used, and how you can help!

The information gathered during NCNHP inventories helps project planners and landowners make decisions that have the most benefit for society and the economy, while having the least ecological damage. In partnership with the Chatham County Planning Department and Triangle Land Conservancy, NCNHP staff will begin land surveys in Spring 2024 and expect to release a report on the findings in Summer 2025.

Landowners in Chatham County will have the opportunity to include their land in the inventory and interested landowners are encouraged to attend the CCP info session to learn more. Through feedback during the CCP presentation and an online form, project staff are seeking input on potential properties to include in the inventory and how best to prioritize those locations to align with the community’s conservation goals.

AGENDA:

Welcome & Introductions

Overview of the NCNHP and 2024-2025 Chatham County Natural Area Inventory Project
Merry Conlin, NC Natural Heritage Program

History & Use of NC Natural Heritage Program (NCNHP) Data in Chatham County
Allison Schwarz Weakley, Biologist & Steering Committee Member, Chatham Conservation Partnership

Public Input on the Chatham County Inventory
Brandon Dawson, Conservation & Resiliency Coordinator, Chatham County Planning Department

Updates & Announcements from the CCP Community

Register on-line for this virtual meeting. Registration deadline is 5 p.m. on January 17. Registrants will receive an email prior to the event with the Zoom link.

CCP Steering Committee: Brooke Massa, Brandy Oldham, Debbie Roos, Margaret Sands, Allison Schwarz Weakley.

For more information about the Chatham Conservation Partnership, visit the CCP website or email info@chathamconservation.org.