The Person County Partners for Green Growth project aims to take the first steps in creating a protected natural habitat corridor extending from downtown Roxboro to downtown Durham, these first steps include:
- Update the inventory of the corridor’s natural resources in Person County, including species of greatest conservation need and natural communities as identified in the NC Wildlife Action Plan, significant natural features, flora, and scenic areas. The focus of the inventory will be conducted along the Flat River in southern Person County, though the areas along the railway corridor (50 feet on either side of the rails) will also be included in the inventory.
- Host a minimum of 4 public meetings to gain input from and educate the public on the importance of wildlife corridors
- Create an interactive web map that outlines the area to be proposed as a natural habitat corridor
- Draft a guidance document based on the Green Growth Toolbox, inventory work, staff research, and public input that directs future development in a way that conserves the identified species of greatest conservation need, natural communities, and the proposed natural habitat corridor
The natural habitat corridor would preserve priority wetlands, floodplain forests, and aquatic habitat in the Flat River. Additionally, the community sees this corridor as an opportunity to provide an alternate transportation route between Person County and Durham County, green space for passive recreation, environmental education, increased connectivity between the urban and rural areas of the county, and to promote businesses and farms alongside the corridor.