by Ruth Ann Grissom
June 24, 2015
In 1995, the year the Landtrust for Central North Carolina was founded, our state’s population was 7.35 million. Remember those days? Back when we bought CDs by Coolie and Joe Diffie (really?) and drove to video stores to rent copies of Toy Story, Clueless and Braveheart? When we flocked to AOL for this new-fangled thing called internet service? When we couldn’t even do a Google search?
Fast forward to 2015. Our population is approaching ten million, an increase that seems as rapid as the innovations in technology. During that period, folks have settled in the mountains and at the coast, but the Piedmont has accommodated the bulk of these newcomers. The trend is expected to continue, even accelerate. A recent United Nations report projects that during the twenty-year period ending in 2030, Charlotte and Raleigh will be the fastest-growing cities in the nation. In the face of this development pressure, the Landtrust has managed to protect 25,000 acres across a ten-county region that straddles the Yadkin-Pee Dee River. [Read more…]