We need your help! Bolin Creek and its forest are threatened again! Your help is needed to preserve this area in Carrboro’s heart from blasting, pavement and increased flooding.
Why? The Town of Carrboro’s Board of Aldermen has decided again to consider building a concrete bikeway along Bolin Creek. Please check this website for new developments as they happen.
Where? Bolin Creek and its adjoining forest represent a unique two-mile stretch, from Estes Drive to Homestead Road, offering stunning beauty, great historical significance, important ecological value and much needed serenity as our area becomes more and more urban. See map.
What? In 2009, the Town of Carrboro included a paved bicycle road along Bolin Creek, next to the creek, instead of the existing nature trail, as part of its Bicycle Plan. Only a few members of the community were aware of this move. Town planning staff then contracted with a consultant to develop a concept plan for what is a 10-foot-wide paved road, described as a “transportation corridor.” Community response was swift and negative. As a result, the Board of Aldermen (BOA) tabled the idea until staff could bring forward a proposal for public engagement. Meanwhile, the town’s Greenways Commission, charged with considering the proposal, discussed it for a year and took the idea no further. Now the BOA is considering going forward.
Our Forest is endangered. Bolin Creek flows into Jordan Lake, water supply for more than a half million people.
- Bolin Creek and its forest have been called by former N.C. Botanical Garden Director Peter White “our Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”
- Bolin Creek shelters hawks, owls, herons, woodpeckers, box turtles, deer, beavers, coyotes, numerous other birds, as well as the rare four-toed salamander.
- Bolin Creek’s forest protects us from further climate change by providing a wide stretch of tree canopy that acts as a carbon sink.
Make Your Voice Heard! Here is what you can do.
- Sign the Save Bolin Creek petition now!
- Tell your friends, neighbors, family and others about what’s at stake.
- Contact Carrboro’s Mayor and members of the Board of Aldermen.
- Attend Board of Aldermen meetings on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in Carrboro Town Hall.
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