“Conservation: An Investment that Pays,” a new white paper from the Trust for Public Land

Check out this new report from the Trust for Public Land on the economic and health benefits of parks and greenspace!

Check out this new report from the Trust for Public Land on the economic and health benefits of parks and greenspace!

Today, I downloaded the Trust for Public Land’s (TPL) latest report on the economic benefits of parks and conservation, Conservation: An Investment That Pays. The goal of this white paper from the Trust for Public Land is stated on the website and in the forward to the report:

Conservation: An Investment That Pays… is intended to help agency personnel and community conservationists make the case for conservation as a long-term economic investment. Too often, we still hear the argument that creating parks and conserving land is too expensive, especially in hard economic times. We hope that the research and many examples cited in the report will help you to promote conservation for its many benefits, including the boost parks and open space can give to a community’s bottom line.

Conservation: An Investment That Pays includes covers the following environmental topics in the 31 page report:

  • Parks boost land values and property taxes
  • Parks boost local economies by attracting businesses and residents
  • Good parks encourage economic development
  • Conservation as a money-saving alternative to some development
  • Preserving the value of ecosystem services
  • Parks reduce health care costs

Now it’s time for me to get to reading! A brief skimming of the text seems to give a number of great examples of the benefits of parks and greenspace and I’m looking forward to reading it more in-depth. Many of us would love to see more preservation of Atlanta and Georgia parks and greenspace and the green economic benefits derived from conservation!

Download the report here!

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