The Lumber River Council of Governments is working with NCORR’s RISE Program to develop a portfolio of priority projects that strengthen regional resilience. This multi-phase effort includes a forward-looking vulnerability assessment, the identification of 5-10 high-priority projects and a list of the actions needed to implement each proposed project. A diverse stakeholder partnership is guiding the project to ensure that the scope of work reflects local priorities. The Lumber River COG is offering project guidance, a local leader has been hired by the NC Rural Center to provide facilitation support and Kleinfelder Inc. is providing technical assistance.
Submit Feedback on Regional Climate Resilience Projects
The Climate Resilience Projects Portfolio for the Lumber River Region identifies priority projects and strategies that reduce the risks associated with extreme weather events and enhance regional resilience. The portfolio aims to produce shovel-ready actions with detailed implementation steps, including estimated costs, potential implementing partners, likely project completion challenges and more. Residents of the Lumber River region are encouraged to review the draft portfolio of priority resilience projects and share feedback.
Public Workshop #2: Lumber River Regional Resilience Portfolio Project
Sept. 26, 2022: 3:30–5 p.m. and 6:30–8 p.m.
Workshop attendees had a chance to learn more about the Lumber River Regional Resilience Portfolio Project and give feedback on potential regional projects and strategies to build future community resilience in Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson and Scotland counties. Five to 10 prioritized strategies or projects will be included in the final portfolio, which will identify specific ways to help communities prepare for and recover from natural disasters and climate hazards.
Public Workshop #1: Understanding Vulnerability from the Local Perspective
May 2, 2022: 6-7:30 p.m. | May 3, 2022: 10:30 a.m.-noon
During this workshop, community members and stakeholders learned about the Lumber River Regional Resilience Portfolio Project and participated in group discussions about community challenges related to climate impacts and resilience.
Review the Draft Vulnerability Assessment
The Climate Change and Natural Hazards Vulnerability Assessment for the Lumber River Region is a report describing past problems and future risks associated with extreme weather events such as hurricanes, flooding, extreme temperatures, droughts and wildfires. The report outlines the impacts of these climate hazards on housing, the environment and the economy.
Review the draft vulnerability assessment.
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To stay on top of the project, provide feedback on past meeting topics and comment on the draft Vulnerability Assessment, visit the RISE Lumber River StoryMap. This online engagement tool will be updated regularly with additional information.
- For more information about the state's RISE initiative in the Lumber River COG region, contact NCORR Chief Resilience Officer Amanda Martin.
- For information about the program's local activities, contact RISE Lumber River Region Facilitator Caroline Sumpter.
- Technical Assistance Lead: Michael Hicks (Kleinfelder)
If you are interested in joining the Lumber River Stakeholder Partnership, please reach out to any of the regional contacts listed above.
The RISE effort builds on analysis and planning conducted over the last several years. These resources include: