Section .0100 ‑ General Provisions

Link to law: http://reports.oah.state.nc.us/ncac/title 15a - environmental quality/chapter 12 - parks and recreation area rules/subchapter i/subchapter i rules.html
Published: 2015

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SUBCHAPTER 12I ‑ NATURAL AREAS

 

SECTION .0100 ‑ GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

 

15A NCAC 12I .0101         PURPOSE

The purpose of establishing natural areas within the state

parks and recreation system shall be to serve the people of North Carolina and

their visitors by:

(1)           preserving and protecting areas of scientific

value;

(2)           portraying and interpreting plant and animal life

and other natural features; and

(3)           conserving and perpetuating outstanding examples of

North Carolina's natural diversity and scenic grandeur.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑3; 113‑8;

113‑35; 143B‑10;

Eff. August 15, 1981;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1984.

 

 

15A NCAC 12I .0102         DEFINITIONS

Whenever used in this Subchapter:  "Natural area"

means an area within the state parks and recreation system where natural

processes are allowed to predominate and which is preserved for the primary

purposes of resource conservation, environmental education, or scientific

research.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑3; 113‑8;

113‑35; 143B‑10;

Eff. August 15, 1981;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1984.

 

 

 

 

SECTION .0200 ‑ SELECTION CRITERIA

 

 

15A NCAC 12I .0201         NATURAL FEATURES

Natural features are of primary importance and shall receive

first consideration in establishing natural areas within the state parks and

recreation system.  These features include, but are not limited to:

(1)           formations or features of the natural landscape

significantly illustrating geological processes;

(2)           significant fossil evidence of the development of

life on earth;

(3)           exemplary or representative ecological communities

(terrestrial and aquatic) maintained under prevailing natural conditions;

(4)           ecological communities significantly illustrating

the processes of natural succession, including examples of communities

maintained or perpetuated by fire;

(5)           habitats supporting rare or restricted species of

plants or animals;

(6)           flora or fauna persisting from an earlier period;

(7)           unique or unusual natural features;

(8)           seasonal havens for concentrations of native

animals, such as a bat colony or coastal bird rookery;

(9)           features of high natural and aesthetic quality

illustrating the scenic grandeur of North Carolina.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑3; 113‑8;

113‑35; 143B‑10;

Eff. August 15, 1981.

 

 

 

15A NCAC 12I .0202         SITE EVALUATION

In assessing natural features, each site shall be evaluated

with respect to:

(1)           presence of natural features, not adequately

represented in other protected natural areas;

(2)           diversity of native flora and fauna;

(3)           quality and condition of natural features;

(4)           viability and self‑sufficiency of the natural

ecosystem when properly managed;

(5)           extent to which past disturbances have altered the

natural features;

(6)           degree of vulnerability to disturbances and

encroachments;

(7)           capability of being managed so as to protect and

maintain natural conditions;

(8)           compatibility of protective management practices

with current use of adjacent lands;

(9)           scientific and educational value.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑3; 113‑8;

113‑35; 143B‑10;

Eff. August 15, 1981.

 

 

 

15A NCAC 12I .0203         SIGNIFICANCE

(a)  Natural areas selected to be brought into the state

parks and recreation system by purchase or gift shall be those which possess

natural features of statewide significance.  Only areas of high natural or

scenic quality or exceptional scientific and educational value shall be

considered for acquisition.

(b)  Where appropriate, natural areas worthy of permanent

preservation but which are of less than statewide significance may be

designated on lands already administered by the Division of Parks and

Recreation to protect, preserve, and maintain one or more of the natural

features listed in Rule .0201 of this Subchapter.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑3; 113‑8;

113‑35; 143B‑10;

Eff. August 15, 1981.

 

 

 

15A NCAC 12I .0204         SIZE AND BUFFER

Sites selected as natural areas shall be large enough to

insure adequate buffer protection of the included natural features from

external disturbances and encroachments.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑3; 113‑8;

113‑35; 143B‑10;

Eff. August 15, 1981.

 

 

 

15A NCAC 12I .0205         CONDITIONS INCONSISTENT WITH

PRESERVATION

Purchase or acceptance as a gift of property for

establishment of a natural area in the state parks and recreation system shall

involve no commitments, privileges, or conditions inconsistent with

conservation and maintenance of the property as a natural area.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑3; 113‑8;

113‑35; 143B‑10;

Eff. August 15, 1981.

 

 

 

 

SECTION .0300 ‑ NATURAL AREA CLASSIFICATION AND USE

 

 

15A NCAC 12I .0301         SCIENTIFIC AREAS

Natural areas shall be placed in the scientific area

category where appropriate and necessary to ensure special protection for

scientific and educational purposes.  The scientific classification may be

applied to an entire natural area or to a designated portion.  Areas so

classified shall be limited to access and use by responsible scientists and

researchers, and to other individuals and small groups for educational and

research purposes under careful supervision.  Camping, picnicking, swimming,

and other general recreational activities unrelated to observation and

scientific study shall not be permitted.  Scientific areas shall be closed to

equestrian use.  Roads, buildings, and other structures and improvements shall

not be constructed except those necessary for site protection, essential

research, and educational use of the area.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑3; 113‑8;

113‑35; 143B‑10;

Eff. August 15, 1981;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1984.

 

 

 

15A NCAC 12I .0302         INTERPRETIVE AREAS

Those areas which portray natural processes and features in

an exemplary way, and which are not subject to serious impairment if opened to

public visitation for nature study and interpretive use, shall be designated as

interpretive areas.  Use shall be primarily for educational and interpretive

purposes with development limited to facilities necessary for safe access,

sanitation, site protection, and maintenance, and to provide adequate

interpretive programs.  Interpretive areas and facilities shall not be used for

general recreational activities.  Camping, picnicking, and swimming shall not

be permitted.  Trails shall be limited to walking, hiking, and nature study,

but special interpretive trails with wheelchair access for the handicapped may

be accommodated.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑3; 113‑8;

113‑35; 143B‑10;

Eff. August 15, 1981;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1984.

 

 

 

15A NCAC 12I .0303         CONSERVATION AREAS

Natural areas not otherwise identified as scientific areas

or interpretive areas shall be classified as conservation areas.  Conservation

areas shall remain in their natural and undeveloped state but, where appropriate,

may accommodate primitive camping facilities, equestrian trails, bicycle

trails, and other compatible facilities in keeping with the preservation

theme.  Any or all uses, activities, and facilities shall be subject to

restriction where they conflict with conservation needs.  Conservation areas

may be designated to provide buffer protection for scientific and interpretive

areas or be established as separate and independent natural areas.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113‑3; 113‑8;

113‑35; 143B‑10;

Eff. August 15, 1981;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1984.

 

 

 

 

SECTION .0400 ‑ NATURAL AREA PROTECTION

 

 

15A NCAC 12I .0401         APPLICABLE RULES AND REGULATIONS

15A NCAC 12I .0402         MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES

15A NCAC 12I .0403         MASTER PLAN

15A NCAC 12I .0404         ADVISORY COMMITTEE REVIEW

15A NCAC 12I .0405         COLLECTING PERMITS

15A NCAC 12I .0406         INTRUSIONS

15A NCAC 12I .0407         BOUNDARY MARKERS: SIGNS: AND FENCES

15A NCAC 12I .0408         SERVICE FACILITIES: SERVICE ROADS

15A NCAC 12I .0409         PUBLIC ACCESS ROADS

15A NCAC 12I .0410         FIREBREAKS

15A NCAC 12I .0411         TRAILS

15A NCAC 12I .0412         SCENIC AND LANDSCAPE ALTERATIONS

15A NCAC 12I .0413         SAFETY HAZARDS

15A NCAC 12I .0414         REMOVAL OF NATURAL MATERIALS:

PRODUCTS: OR OBJECTS

15A NCAC 12I .0415         WATER LEVEL CONTROLS

15A NCAC 12I .0416         FIRE CONTROL

15A NCAC 12I .0417         USE OF TOXIC CHEMICALS

15A NCAC 12I .0418         INSECT AND DISEASE CONTROL

15A NCAC 12I .0419         EROSION CONTROL

15A NCAC 12I .0420         MANAGEMENT OF VEGETATION AND WILDLIFE

15A NCAC 12I .0421         ACCESS CONTROL

15A NCAC 12I .0422         ORIENTATION AND GUIDANCE OF VISITORS

15A NCAC 12I .0423         CULTURAL RESOURCES

15A NCAC 12I .0424         MANAGEMENT RESEARCH

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 70‑4; 113‑3;

113‑8; 113‑35; 113‑261; 113‑272.4; 143B‑10;

Eff. August 15, 1981;

Repealed Eff. October 1, 1984.