growing greener communities

At Natural Lands, we’re all about open space. But we also recognize that development isn’t inherently “bad” and that vibrant communities expand and change. So we’re here to help municipal leaders make smart, proactive decisions today so their towns can green as they grow tomorrow.

preserving community open space

Green spaces are essential for healthy, thriving communities. More than just pretty places, they are productive assets that have significant economic value. Natural areas increase our home values, clean the air we breathe and the water we drink, and improve our health and state of mind.

conservation through zoning

Each time land is developed, there is an opportunity to add to community open space. All that’s needed are a few straightforward amendments to existing municipal codes. Our ground-breaking Growing Greener: Conservation by Design approach helps save an average of 62% of land in new developments as open space.

caring for land. designing for people.

Contrary to the old adage, “let nature take its course,” natural areas need help to become – and remain – places where people, plants, and wildlife can thrive. With more than 22,000 acres of our own land, we’re experts in cost-saving and sustainable methods to manage open space. But we also recognize that caring for land is more than just pulling weeds; it’s also about finding ways to connect people to the outdoors

open space planning and mapping

As the proverb goes, “He who fails to plan, plans to fail.” Effective conservation efforts depend on reliable, in-depth information about a community’s resources and growth patterns. Natural Lands offers a wide range of planning and mapping services to help municipal leaders make informed decisions about their open space investments.

Interested in learning more? Contact Ann Hutchinson, Senior Director of Community Planning.