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Conservation groups honored

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Three nonprofits working to protect North Carolina’s natural resources each received $10,000 from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

The three groups, all members of the North Carolina Conservation Network, were recognized through the foundation’s Technology, Innovation and Evaluation Awards Program.

Raleigh’s Triangle Land Conservancy received the technology award for the creation of a user-friendly mapping system that allows individual’s to learn about Chatham County’s natural resources and the changes that affect them.

The innovation award was presented to the Asheville-based Western North Carolina Alliance, which launched a project that inventories and maps exotic invasive plants using handheld global-positioning devices. It will use the data to develop methods of controlling the plants.

And the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation in Washington, N.C., received the Evaluation award for its survey-based evaluation of the conservation and environmental values and needs of people in rural areas.

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