Originally posted by the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability, Duke University, via LinkedIn. View their page here.

Duke University experts Lydia Olander and Katie Warnell joined North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on stage Monday after he signed an executive order to protect and restore the state’s natural and working lands.

Olander and Warnell have worked closely with decision-makers and stakeholders on how North Carolina can make the most of forests, farms, and wetlands in the state. Natural and working lands provide numerous social, economic, and environmental benefits, such as sequestering carbon and supporting ecosystem and community resilience.

The new executive order seeks to implement recommendations from the 2020 North Carolina Natural and Working Lands Action Plan and other existing efforts. More details: https://lnkd.in/eJbKZJuY

“Gov. Cooper’s executive order ensures the continuity of work started across the state in 2019 by agencies, land trusts, conservation organizations and others to build a shared strategy for protecting and sustainably managing North Carolina’s natural and working lands for the benefits they bring today and into the future,” said Olander, program director at the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability.

The Nicholas Institute has developed numerous tools to inform the 2020 North Carolina Natural and Working Lands Action Plan and make information about these lands more accessible, including:

Featured image: Cashiers, NC by Rod E. Bryant via Pexels.com.

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