The maps above show changes in land use from 1992 to 2011. This illustration shows obvious conversion of forest and agricultural land to urban landscape, meaning the county has seen a significant loss of natural tree canopy and forest habitat. It is critical that forests and open space are preserved and protected, not only for human health and recreation, but also to ensure clean drinking water and resilient natural areas.
Land Use Changes: Preservation vs. Not
Left: Latta Plantation 1938 before protection
Right: Latta Plantation 2016 after protection
Left: Torrence Creek 1938 agriculture and forest Right: Torrence Creek 2016 housing development
Mecklenburg County's Biggest Non-Native Species Invaders:
Photo credit: Gary Marshall, Mecklenburg Park & Rec.
Learn More About: autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
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Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense)
Map of Nationwide Forest Plant Invasion Intensity
Forest plant invasion intensity (percent of forested plots with an invasive plant recorded for a given county based on FIA sampling) for the United States including estimates of region-wide invasion intensity.
From: Oswalt CM, Fei S, Guo Q, Iannone III BV, Oswalt SN, Pijanowski BC, Potter KM (2015) A subcontinental view of forest plant invasions. NeoBiota 24: 49–54. doi: 10.3897/neobiota.24.8378
Despite rapid urbanization, Mecklenburg County is fortunate to have biodiversity…
Photo credit: Angel Hjarding/North Carolina Wildlife Federation
Despite this biodiversity, some species are in peril…
Photo Credit: Lenny Lampel
3 Ways to Help Forest and Nature Health in Mecklenburg County:
This graph shows the increase in nature preserve acres treated with prescribed fire from 2005-2016. In the last eleven years, the county has increased their prescribed fire use by 700%.
This graph shows that despite sharp rises and falls in burned acreage per year, there is a steady trend rising, indicating an increase in overall acreage burned per year in the United States.
Photo credit: Kevin Metcalf, Mecklenburg Park and Rec.
3 Ways to help Nature and Climate Change in Mecklenburg County: