The purpose is Save Bolin Creek is to preserve and protect the health and ecology of Bolin Creek. In particular we want to protect the unique two and a half mile stretch located north of Estes Drive Extension. Here lies a 425 acre unbroken forest of stunning natural beauty, great historical significance, important ecological value and much needed urban serenity. At odds with years of work to document the significance and protect this forest, a Consultant in 2009 hired by Carrboro recommended a transportation corridor, a concrete bikeway, straight through the middle of the forest.
Bolin Creek and its deep, surrounding forest have been called “our Great Smoky Mountains National Park” by N.C. Botanical Garden director Peter White due to the area’s biodiversity. Home to all kinds of wildlife, the creek area provides shelter for hawks, owls, herons, woodpeckers, box turtles, deer, beavers, raccoons and foxes. The creek itself harbors mussels and fish. The area is an urban wilderness, the last of its kind within our town’s borders, and features expansive, high-value upland and lowland forests, wetlands and a riparian zone. It also features a number of historical sites, including a former grist mill, an African-American beach during segregation, and a Civil War hiding place. A more detailed position paper outlines why this 425 acre natural area should be left natural.
We see no reason to pave a sensitive natural area when direct bikeway routes are planned connecting Carolina North to points north along Seawell School Road and to central campus via the planned campus to campus bike connector.
In 2016, the Board of Aldermen is considering opening up a community discussion again for a paved road along the creek. You can help! Sign the petition today.