Environment North Carolina reports that the state fell well short of a goal set by legislators and former Gov. Jim Hunt to permanently protect 1 million acres of parks, forests, farmlands by December 31, 2009.
You can read the Environment NC news release on the report here.
According to the report, Unfulfilled Promise: The Million Acre Initiative and the Need to Protect North Carolina’s Open Spaces, the latest figures available show that 643,209 acres have been protected under the Million Acre Initiative, less than two-thirds the amount originally pledged.
In roughly the same time period, North Carolina lost more than one million acres of natural lands, more than any other state in the U.S.