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Environment

Chatham Releases First County Conservation Plan

Chatham county officials take a step toward protecting the area's natural resources today. The Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Chatham County is the first of its kind in North Carolina. An event being held in Pittsboro this afternoon will unveil details of the voluntary program. Leigh Ann Hammerbacher works for the Triangle Land Conservancy which contributed to the plan.

Leigh Ann Hammerbacher: "The county really has an amazing set of natural resources and being in the growing triangle area with economic issues, etc. how can these resources best provide public benefits to the citizens of the county and the residents of the triangle as a whole."
Hammerbacher says most of the county is still used for farming. She says preserving those areas and encouraging bio-diversity in the face of a growing population are two of the challenges addressed in the plan.

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