Articles

  • Wildflower of the Year

    This time of year, our gardens are perfect. We hole up indoors, pore over catalogues and magazines, and imagine the exemplary specimens and captivating combinations at peak performance in our borders. Alas, our gardens rarely live up to our lofty expectations.
  • Uwharrie Mountain Run 2011

    Over the river and through the woods – and in this case over and through water, rocks, roots, and mud, oh my! A couple weeks ago the Uwharries were home to the 20th annual Uwharrie Mountain Run! A true test of endurance and strength, this beloved trail run starts at the Jumpin’ Off Rock Trailhead, where runners ascend for the first mile and a half up rocky outcrops through mountain laurel and beautiful oak-hickory forests, before picking up the pace and taking on the ups and downs of the Uwharrie Trail...
  • Investing in North Carolina’s Green Infrastructure

    Among the many state programs whose futures hang in the balance as North Carolina’s leadership wrestles with how to close the state’s projected budget shortfall are the four “trust funds” that have served as the primary sources of funding for land conservation over the past few decades. As leaders debate their future, a new report released by the Trust for Public Land (TPL) earlier this week demonstrates that the return on investment of these programs since 1998 has been significant.
  • Love the Bus

    Since 2007 the American School Bus Council (ASBC) has coordinated a national “Love the Bus” month in February. The goal is to raise awareness for the job that the hundreds of thousands of school bus drivers across the country do every day. A tool just released by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and ASBC gives new reasons to “love” what these drivers and their vehicles do for the environment and our individual pocketbooks.
  • Charlotte's rapid growth brings demographic changes

    Headlines have highlighted multiple demographic trends affecting Charlotte and the metro area over the last decade. “Carolinas lead the nation in Hispanic growth,” read the headline of a Charlotte Observer story in 2008. The city has ranked highly on “Best City” lists for African Americans throughout the 2000s. Moving beyond the headlines, however, is there any clear demographic picture emerging for Charlotte’s future? A glimpse at the 2009 Census Bureau data (the final estimates before the 2010 official counts are released later this spring) provides some insight.