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Land of Sky Regional Council

Spatial Data and GIS in Western North Carolina

The Land-of-Sky Regional Council uses ESRI's ArcView as its GIS system. The Council's main objective for its GIS system is to create and maintain regional GIS data for Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania counties.

Projects that the Council has worked on include: Click here to see a map of the Asheville and Biltmore Forest area

The environmental database is primarily designed for use by local governments in the Land-of-Sky Region, their planning departments, and regional non-profit organizations that are involved in growth management and environmental protection. The data can be transferred to interested parties via floppy diskette, e-mail, or ZIP drive (depending on the amount of data being requested).

It includes the following data layers: Click here to see a map of Buncombe and it's surrounding counties areas of endangered species and Natural Heritage areas

The Council is currently working on a project characterize the riparian buffer along the French Broad River, target key buffer areas for protection and restoration, and develop a voluntary program for river-bordering landowners to protect and/or restore riparian buffer areas. The project focuses on the entire length of the French Broad River from Rosman in Transylvania County, through Henderson, Buncombe, and Madison counties to the North Carolina/Tennessee state line.

Community Contact
Charles St.Clair
Phone (828) 251-6622
The Council is looking for more projects that can benefit from GIS. Interested parties can call Charles St.Clair or Jim Stokoe at (828) 251-6622 or e-mail for more information.

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