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.