Balancing Growth and Conservation
Land protection efforts in this region have seen significant success over the past decade, with most properties accessible for public use. These reserves will safeguard the character of communities, provide habitat for wildlife, protect water quality, and draw visitors for decades to come. Yet the region’s growing population and rising real estate values pose challenges. Costs of acquiring land for conservation are increasing, and new construction limits future opportunities. Time is short for balancing the various needs for land.