Davidson has experienced significant loss of open space, tree canopy,
and other natural assets despite the application of a progressive
Planning Ordinance. Preservation of open space begins with a knowledge
of existing resources and is implemented through funding and policy.
The Davidson Greenprint: Natural Assets Inventory was an initiative that began in 2007. It completed its 1st phase including a report of the Natural Assets Stakeholder Committee. The report identifies the community's natural assets and makes recommendations to guide the protection of a sustaining network of open spaces, surface waters, and tree cover. Phase II will be completed as part of the Davidson Comprehensive Plan and will provide specific strategies for open space protection.
Funding for this project was provided in part through an Urban and Community Forestry Grant from the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources, Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The Natural Assets Stakeholder Report was a collaborative effort with Bartlett Tree Laboratory, Inc., who conducted a GIS-based inventory of trees, and Greenways, Inc., who mapped the open spaces. Other partners in the project were: