Most of the state park units invite visitors and provide at least basic facilities for public use. It is the division's goal to avoid adverse impacts to the natural and cultural resources of the parks to the greatest extent possible in the planning, design and construction of park facilities. This requires a collaborative effort among park planners, construction supervisors, field staff and division biologists in the Natural Resources Program.
Although compliance with all applicable state and federal regulations is an accepted standard, the division strives to achieve an even higher standard for construction projects in state parks. State park construction projects should be models of environmentally sensitive design and construction methods.
Natural Resources Program staff review and evaluate all proposed construction project to ensure that their locations avoid environmentally sensitive areas and that they are designed and built to minimize secondary impacts. Ideally, this is accomplished early in the planning stages of each project. Detailed environmental documentation is often necessary to comply with state and federal environmental regulations, including the North Carolina Environmental Policy Act, the Federal Clean Water Act, the Federal Endangered Species Act, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, the North Carolina Sedimentation and Pollution Control Act and other regulations. These documents are reviewed through the State Clearinghouse and must show that the projects as proposed will not result in significant environmental impacts.