Economic Development

Economic Development

Wilma Dykeman Economic Report 

Economic Benefits of Land Conservation – North Carolina 2009 

North Carolina’s wide range of natural resources and scenic beauty enhance North Carolinians’ quality of life and provide multiple economic benefits.


Hunting and Fishing

Outdoor Recreation

Military Readiness

Agriculture and Forestry


Storm Damage Protection



  1. Economic Impact of North Carolina’s Natural Resources. One North Carolina Naturally.
  2. Greenwood, J.B. & Vick, C.G. (2008). Economic Contribution of Visitors to Selected North Carolina State Parks. North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources: Division of Parks and Recreation.
  3. The 2006 Economic Benefits of Hunting, Fishing, and Wildlife Watching in North Carolina. (June 30, 2008). Prepared by Southwick and Associates, Inc. for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
  4. Press Release: N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. (Sept. 3, 2008) Raleigh, NC. Hunting and Fishing Have Major Economic Impact in Tar Heel State.
  5. Economic Impacts Fact Sheet. North Carolina Birding Trail.  Retrieved October 9, 2007.
  6. North Carolina Agriculture Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund, 2008 Annual Report. Available at:  Retrieved April 14, 2009.
  7. North Carolina Division of Forest Resources
  8. De Brun, C. T. F. (eds.). (2007).  The Economic Benefits of Land ConservationLand Trust Alliance.
  9.  Madsen, T. & Ouzts, E. (2006). Air Pollution and Public Health in North Carolina. Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center. Available at: