A coalition of conservation, agriculture, wildlife, business and local government is sponsoring a contest to name the state’s most beautiful places. The 10 best will be determined by online voters and a panel of prominent North Carolinians.
Land for Tomorrow, the coalition, will take online nominations at www.landfortomorrow.org until Thursday. You can nominate any landscape, natural feature, wildlife or plant life unique to North Carolina that should be considered among the state’s greatest natural wonders.
Fine art, outdoors equipment, music and other prizes from vendors across North Carolina will be awarded to participants each weekday of the contest. The grand prize will be awarded May 18 when the winners are announced.
The contest is meant to increase awareness of conservation successes in the past and to build support for future efforts. The coalition was formed to preserve the state’s natural and historic places, and to promote the conservation of 1 million acres. It seeks to find a way to protect natural assets while strengthening communities and promoting job growth.
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The panel of judges includes former governors Jim Hunt and James Holshouser, and Charles Frazier, author of “Cold Mountain” and “Thirteen Moons.”