RALEIGH — Wake County has received a statewide award for conservation.
A coalition of 24 local and regional land trusts in North Carolina recognized the county as the local government of the year for protecting open space and water quality.
Kevin Brice, executive director of the Triangle Land Conservancy, said the county has done well in the face of constant growth.
"Wake County's commissioners and staff are catalysts for getting conservation done quickly," he said.
Already this year, the county has acquired 660 acres of open space in Cary and Wake Forest, including a new park in Apex and land in the Marks Creek area in eastern Wake County.
Much of the money has come from the $41 million worth of open space bonds that voters approved in 2000 and 2004.