This month highlights the many benefits that conserving open space or “green spaces” provides in both urban and rural communities. There is an opportunity this month to highlight that the Forest Service supports collaborative, voluntary strategies of land management investments and partnerships.
Did You Know?
- Undeveloped land provides people with clean water, forest products, beauty and recreational settings
- Conversion of open space to other uses increases the risk of wildfire, contributes to the spread of invasive species, loss of access to public lands, and fragments fish and wildlife habitat
- The Forest Service works in partnership with private land owners, governmental agencies, communities, and other organizations to promote voluntary landscape scale conservation in both urban and rural landscapes
- Open space can elevate home values, boost tourism, and provide outdoor opportunities that contribute to healthy lifestyles