Conservation Amidst Urbanization
The Research Triangle region – anchored by Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill – is one of the fastest growing areas of the country, boasting a growing array of urban amenities that continue to fuel the area’s population growth. The encroaching urban growth has brought together local leaders, ushering environmental conservation to the forefront of a regional conversation. The Haw River, one of the region’s critical natural assets, cuts through six NC counties over 110 miles before joining the Deep River to form the Cape Fear River. The river supplies drinking water to nearly one million surrounding residents and is home to multiple endangered species. Conservation lands such as the Lower Haw River State Natural Area (LHRSNA) work to properly steward this resource, maintaining environmental health while fostering selective recreational use, through plans such as the Lower Haw Trails Plan
. The protection of these natural resources – critical to a healthy and vibrant future – is most effective when backed with public support. What better way to galvanize this support than through compelling visual storytelling?