​Wake Nature Partnership wins City of Raleigh Environmental Award 

The WakeNature Preserves Partnership (WakeNature) will receive the City of Raleigh’s Regional Environmental Award at a ceremony to be held on April 21 at Marbles Museum. This award recognizes a group that has demonstrated environmental stewardship for the region, in areas such as air quality, local rivers, Neuse River Basin, or issues that affect the region.

WakeNature was formed in August 2007 as a grassroots, asset-based community development effort to build local capacity to identify and manage the highest quality, protected natural areas within Wake County. WakeNature’s mission is to organize and provide resources to identify ecologically valuable, publicly owned open spaces within Wake County and to build capacity for appropriate long term management and stewardship of those areas.

The City of Raleigh Environmental Awards were created in an effort to recognize outstanding work in sustainable development and environmental stewardship, singling out individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to the environment.

WakeNature comprises individuals from academic, government and nongovernmental organizations. This partnership presently includes NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, NC Natural Heritage Program, NC State University, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Triangle Land Conservancy, UNC Herbarium/NC Botanical Gardens, Wake County Parks, Recreation & Open Space, and the Wake County Open Space and Parks Advisory Committee.