At the current rate of development in North Carolina a substantial percentage of existing open space will disappear by 2027 according to the report:
The Triangle will lose 37 percent of its open space and farmland will disappear altogether.
The Charlotte area will lose 30 percent of its forests and farmland, including nearly a quarter of its woodlands, the highest rate of forest loss in the state, the report says.
News and Observer
April 25, 2007
Wade Rawlins, Staff Writer
Report: undeveloped land
If current development rates continue, at least 2
million acres of forest and farmland in North Carolina will disappear over the
next 20 years, says a report released today by Environment North Carolina, a
conservation advocacy group.
The report examines federal data about development rates in the past two
decades and uses that to project loss of farmland and forests in the next 20
Since 1987, the amount of developed land in North Carolina increased by 1.86
million acres, including 327,000 acres in the Triangle, the report says. Read more...