Ratings

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Section: Biodiversity | Rating: Worsening
There are currently 40 natural communities in western North Carolina, 13 of which are imperiled and 5 critically imperiled. By protecting examples of all natural communities, the majority of species can be protected without laborious individual attention.
Section: Biodiversity | Rating: Worsening
There are 35 plant and 31 vertebrate species at risk in western North Carolina. Seven plants and 2 vertebrates are critically imperiled; the remaining imperiled or vulnerable.
Section: Biodiversity | Rating: Improving
Sixty thousand acres of prime ecological and cultural natural areas have been put in some form of conservation in the last 6 years.
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Section: Biodiversity | Rating: Worsening
As the region’s population grows (an 18.6% increase is projected over the next twenty years), the rate at which rural land is converted to urban use will continue to increase.
Section: Biodiversity | Rating: Worsening
Forest fragmentation which increases with urban encroachment produces a decrease in forest interior thus limiting the habitat for many species and making the forest interior more susceptible to non-native invasive species.
Section: Production | Rating: Stable
While some land conveyances have occurred in the past twenty-two years, timberland ownership has essentially remained the same.

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