The Nicholas Institute led a NWL subcommittee on floodplains and wetlands and coordinated development of a recommendation for coordinated buyouts and restoration in frequently flooded areas. These recommendations are part of the Natural and Working Lands Action Plan included in the North Carolina Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan.
The Institute also conducted spatial analysis to identify the geographic scope of many of the NWL group’s recommendations, the potential scale of the recommended actions’ carbon and resilience benefits, and how the recommended actions overlap with areas important for co-benefits such as improved water quality and recreational access. These results are included in the NWL Action Plan, and data and maps are available for download. The data is also summarized in a series of StoryMaps that include state-level maps and information as well as examples of using the data at local scales. This information can be useful for targeting actions and understanding co-benefits and trade-offs at both the state and local levels.
Related work stemming from conversations by the NC NWL forestry subcommittee has resulted in a policy brief that describes a menu of state actions to promote forest-based natural climate solutions. Though this brief was derived from the North Carolina Natural and Working Lands Action Plan and Forest Action Plan, the menu of action items is relevant to any state looking for ways to enhance carbon storage and sequestration in its forests.
NWL Action Plan