Resources


Management Plan Examples


Draft Template for WakeNature Management Plan
This management plan template is a work in progress in cooperation with Wake County Parks, Recreation, & Open Space.

Example Stewardship and Management Plans





Sources for Basic Natural Resources Information


These data can help you make an initial determination of the natural resources on your site.

North Carolina Natural Heritage Program
The program inventories, catalogues, and supports conservation of the rarest and the most outstanding elements of the natural diversity of our state. They have geographic information system (GIS) data on the location of these natural resources. These resources constitute the core of WakeNature's Exceptional Natural Areas classification .
Home page: http://www.ncnhp.org/
Database: http://www.ncnhp.org/Pages/heritagedata.html

Potential WakeNature Exceptional Natural Areas
Preliminary identification of potential Exceptional Natural Areas in Wake County's parks systems. This spreadsheet lists parcels that overlap with Natural Heritage Program Significant Natural Heritage Areas and Element Occurrences. For most parcels, further investigation would be required before a final determination is possible.
MunicipalEOs&SNHAs.xls

North Carolina Wildlife Action Plan
North Carolina’s wildlife action plan is a guide and planning resource for conserving North Carolina’s wildlife and habitats. It builds on the strategic thinking of many organizations and reflects the ideas and input of many of the state’s citizens. The plan describes priority habitat for wildlife, which is the core of WakeNature's Outstanding Natural Areas classification .
Home page: http://www.wildlifeactionplans.org/north_carolina.html

NC Wildlife Resources Commission Green Growth Toolbox
Data and tools to help counties, towns, and cities grow in green ways.
Home page: http://www.ncwildlife.org/greengrowth/




Writing Consultant Contracts for Natural Resources Inventories


WakeNature Preserves Partnership is developing sample templates for hiring consultants to do inventory and environmental assessments. Stay tuned... in the mean time, here are some examples.

Requests for Qualifications (RFQ)
The City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department completes a "System Integration Plan" or "SIP" after purchasing a park property and before planning for its development. The objective of the System Integration Plan (SIP) is to develop a set of guidelines for the interim management of parkland prior to the initiation of a Master Plan, to document existing site conditions and constraints, to establish the park's classification consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, and if applicable, any proposed special intent for the park. Public notification is given about this process and the public has an opportunity to comment on the draft SIP. For more information see the City's Park Master Planning Policy (Resolution 2003-735). These documents are used to solicit responses from consultants to complete the work.

Lake Myra Park Floristic Inventory conducted by NCSU faculty and graduate students, under contract with Wake County.

Inventory timeline - shows best times of year for inventorying various taxanomic groups.

Volunteer Groups - list of groups that will volunteer to undertake various inventory activities.




Example Inventories and Assessments


Inventory timeline - shows best times of year for inventorying various taxanomic groups.

Initial Biodiversity Assessments from Mecklenberg County's Nature Preserves. These are done in-house for all Parks & Recreation projects prior to any planning processes; this includes properties purchased for athletic fields.

Lake Myra Park Floristic Inventory conducted by NCSU faculty and graduate students, under contract with Wake County.

Example Site Visit conducted by Wake Nature Preserves Partnership for the Town of Apex


Organizational Development Information


Non-profit organization information for reference purposes:

Triangle Land Conservancy Bylaws:

People for Parks Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws:

Chatham Conservation Partnership Wiki and Charter Address: http://chathamconservation.wikispaces.com/file/view/CCP+MOUCharter_Final_March08.pdf