Land news from around the country
How much for those trees?
E.O. Wilson explains why parks and nature are really good for your brain
Study: A third of Florida will be covered in development by 2070
Study: One-tenth of Earth’s wilderness lost since the 1990s
Boom town, flood town: How Houston’s development increases flood risk
Return on investment: $600 billion
Eastwoods donate 79 acres to Big Sur Land Trust
Environmental Outlook: New Reasons To Get Kids Outdoors (Diane Rehm Show)
Conservation communities grow in popularity
Home grown: Moving next to the farm
County hits ‘odometer moment’ with open space
These tax credits make land conservation a steal
‘Conservancy sees apathy as a threat’
Conservation Easements help landowners guard Flint Hills vistas and wildlife
Human Developments Are Wiping Out The West’s Natural Land, Report Finds
Development Gobbled More Than 500 Sq. Miles Of Colorado In A Decade, Study Says
America’s vanishing West: California losing most land to development
The Next 100 Years of American Conservation
Suburban sprawl doesn’t have to be ecologically devastating
Much has changed in America since the ’90s, but not Americans’ love for parks
The Dark Side of the Perfectly Manicured American Lawn: Is It Giving You Cancer?
Your grass may be greener than your neighbor’s, but at what price?
Did You Know?
“Land conservation is often less expensive for local governments than suburban style development,” writes planner Holly L. Thomas. “The old adage that cows do not send their children to school expresses a documented fact—that farms and other types of open land, far from being a drain on local taxes, actually subsidize local government by generating far more in property taxes than they demand in services.”
For this reason, even groups that usually oppose taxation have come to recognize that new taxes to acquire open space may save taxpayers money in the long run. “People are . . .beginning to realize that development is a tax liability for towns, not an asset, because you have to build schools and hire
more police officers. And that makes property taxes go up,” Sam Perilli, state chairman of United Taxpayers of New Jersey, an antitax group, told the New York Times.