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Chapter Five

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implementation plan

Action Items

Timeframe

Objective A:

Continue to provide stewardship of natural environments, ecological systems and local watersheds

through best management practices.

Short-term:

1-5 Years

Medium-term:

Up to 10 Years

Long-term:

10+ Years

1 Develop site specific management plans that include inventory of natural assets and guidelines for park or

natural area use.

On-Going On-Going

2 Recruit and coordinate research of evidence-based conservation best practices.

3 Research, establish and operationalize best management practice standards relative to specific ecosystems

within the parks system.

Every 5 Yrs.

Every 5 Yrs.

4 Partner with appropriate departments and agencies to encourage stormwater management best practices.

On-Going On-Going

Objective B:

Provide additional natural resource lands as opportunities exist through acquisition, partnerships,

non-profits or other means.

1 Identify priority natural resource lands as opportunities for strategic fee-simple acquisition, easement access

or partnership development.

On-Going

2 Develop and promote the broad network of natural spaces throughout the city for environmental, ecological

and social purposes.

On-Going On-Going

3 Work with City of Oaks Foundation and other non-profit or private sector opportunities to access

additional natural lands or greenway corridors.

On-Going On-Going

4 Work with City of Raleigh development regulations to enhance opportunities for preservation of natural

environments by private developers.

Objective C:

Support Green Infrastructure Planning (GIP) throughout the city.

1 Identify through sustainable park criteria, opportunities to support Green Infrastructure Practices (GIP) in

park, facility and greenway development.

2 Work with other city departments on coordinated goals and action items for the continued protection,

enhancement and expansion of natural environment areas.

On-Going

Goal 2:

The City of Raleigh will continue to protect, enhance, and expand natural environment areas.

Action Items

Timeframe

Objective A:

Improve and promote public access options such as greenway trails and public transit to natural

areas for educational, recreational and environmental research opportunities.

Short-term:

1-5 Years

Medium-term:

Up to 10 Years

Long-term:

10+ Years

1 Identify and inventory potential public access opportunities to natural areas.

Every 5 Yrs.

Every 5 Yrs.

2 Develop public access points to natural areas.

On-Going On-Going

3 Promote public access options to natural areas through literature and website information.

On-Going On-Going

4 Participate in planning activities at the site and system levels to achieve the balance between protection and use.

On-Going On-Going

Objective B:

Develop policies addressing the balance between protection and recreation through collaboration

with outdoor conservation professionals, scientists and community advocates.

1 Identify partners for participation.

On-Going On-Going

2 Create and evaluate evidence-based policy framework for balancing protection and recreation within

natural areas with desired future conditions.

Every 5 Yrs.

Every 5 Yrs.

Goal 3:

The City of Raleigh will balance the protection of natural environments while continuing to provide

appropriate public access and use.

= Action Item will start or is currently underway.

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