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Natural Heritage Program - Registered Heritage Areas

Natural Heritage Program

Registered Heritage Areas

What are Registered Heritage Areas?

  • They are voluntary agreements.
  • Protect outstanding examples of the natural diversity occurring in the state.
  • Preserve populations of endangered, threatened, rare and important species of plants and animals.
  • Preserve unique and unusual natural features.
  • Encourage educational activities and scientific research.

Our newest registry protects 8,000 acres around Jordan Lake, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through the Jordan Lake MOU Registry Amendment!

Lake Waccamaw by Misty Buchanan

What criteria qualify an area for Registry?

  • Exemplary natural communities characteristic of the ecosystems of North Carolina
  • Habitat for plant or animal species that are in danger of extinction or decline.
  • Unique natural features such as old-growth forests or rare vegetation types
  • Other significant ecological features

Voluntary Agreements

For each registered area, an agreement is written that describes the ways the landowner and the Natural Heritage Program will work together to preserve the biological diversity of the natural area, protect the natural qualities, and maintain the area in as nearly a natural condition as possible. The agreement can be canceled at any time, although the Natural Heritage Program appreciates 30 days written notice.

For more information about registry agreements and the registry process, contact Mike Schafale.

 

Ocracoke Island by Dale Suiter

 

 

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