Enhance Public Benefits from Trees and Forests: Green Infrastructure for Connecting People to the Natural Environment

Excerpted from the USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry Farm Bill Requirement and Redesign Strategies (pdf):

Our nation’s federal, state, urban and private forests are the natural backyards for many communities and serve as society’s connection to nature. Assessments and resource strategies can attempt to conserve and enhance a green infrastructure that effectively connects people with their natural environment. Resource strategies can include programs that provide opportunities for children, teens and adults to recreate while gaining an appreciation for the importance of forests and open space with respect to the health, security and well-being of society.

Chapter Overview

This chapter includes two analyses:
1. Conserving green infrastructure: this analysis identifies unprotected (buildable) green infrastructure that serves local communities that is at risk from near-term development.
2. Managing green infrastructure: this analysis identifies important recreation areas and other green infrastructure that serves local communities that is at risk from wildfire and forest pests.

Full Chapter

Download the Green Infrastructure for Connecting People to the Natural Environment chapter (.pdf).
Note: References (.pdf) (for all chapters) and other information are found separately.

Methodology

Download the methodology document (.pdf) for Green Infrastructure for Connecting People to the Natural Environment.

Maps, Data and Tables

Conserving Green Infrastructure
Managing Green Infrastructure

Contact

  • For more information about Green Infrastructure for Connecting People to the Natural Environment, please contact Robin Marose, 916.324.1646.


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