Saturday, September 24, 2005

at Grove Park Inn November 12-13, 2005

If YOU are interested in learning more about the effect of GREENWAYS in the Greater Asheville area...or in your area of the country, come on over to the Grove Park Inn this November!

Urban planners and interested citizens can meet here about planning, developing, and increasing the number of GREENWAYS in North Carolina...or in your town. And you will enjoy any number of impressive speakers, informative sessions, workshops, and exhibits.

Sig Hutchinson, http://www.sighutchinson.com/the KeyNote speaker is a " passionate and committed public speaker, business trainer and community advocate, Sig works with business leaders, corporate clients and community advocates to empower their thinking and realizing their dreams, hopes and goals through shared visions and realized knowledge making happier and more productive individuals, companies and communities." Sig will talk about his experiences, successes, and observations and inspire attendees with new ideas and enthusiasm.

Featured speaker Bill Ross is Secretary of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources( DENR) http://www.enr.state.nc.us/ is the lead stewardship agency for the preservation and protection of North Carolina's outstanding natural resources.

The organization, which has offices from the mountains to the coast, administers regulatory programs designed to protect air quality, water quality, and the public's health. DENR also offers technical assistance to businesses, farmers, local governments, and the public and encourages responsible behavior with respect to the environment through education programs provided at DENR facilities and through the state's school system. Through its natural resource divisions, DENR works to protect fish, wildlife and wilderness areas. The agency's activities range from helping to make sure drinking water is safe to managing state parks and forests for safe and enjoyable outdoor recreation experiences.

Secretary Ross is leading the One NC Naturally initiative. He has been a leader for over 20 years in developing and implementing a comprehensive statewide conservation plan that involves the public, governmental agencies, private organizations, and landowners, maintaining functional ecosystems, biological diversity and working landscapes through the stewardship of land and water resources, iimplementing a plan that will conserve and restore the State's natural heritage and sustain a healthy life for all North Carolinians and visitors.

The One NC NaturallyPrinciples:

To protect the state's land and water effectively, One North Carolina Naturally will be guided by the following principles:We must be proactive to protect healthy ecosystems now before they are threatened and we must restore less healthy systems before they decline further.

We must be coordinated in joining partners to integrate our strategies.
We must be efficient in recognizing existing achievements to focus resources.
We must be innovative, looking for ways to blend public and private strategies, public conservation and private hopes, incentives and funding.
We must be holistic in recognizing that growth patterns, development needs, and financial factors affect essential land and water conservation; and they are critical in advancing the State towards a healthy and sustainable future.

The conference will provide a good introduction to newcomers and help experienced professionals and advocated become more effective and efficient. Further, it will help to deepen understandings of the important roles greenways can play in the transportation network, protection of water quality, and improvement in the quality of life.

Registration fee is just $45 and includes lunch, breaks, and reception. Mobile workshop fee is $10. Single and double rooms are available at the Grove Park Inn at $136 (NCRPA rate).

For more information about the conference, please contact Linda Giltz, AICP, Regional Planner at the Land-of-Sky Regional Council, at 828-251-6622 or email her at indag@landofsky.org. Interested parties may also visit their web site, www.landofsky.org.

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