Why

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Photo by Brad Smith, Creative Commons

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Photo by Kirt Manecke

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According to the National Wildlife Federation, the conversion of natural areas for homes, offices and shopping centers has become one of the most serious threats to America’s animals.

Why? Because we care, and so you have a better life…

  • Over development is rampant and is like a ravaging virus infecting the countryside you cherish. Poorly planned development is destroying community character and taking away choices for future generations.
  • Current land development methods are not sustainable.
  • Monarch butterflies, honeybees, fireflies and other wildlife are disappearing at an alarming rate due to poor planning resulting in the the loss of wild land they need to survive.
  •  A new study reveals that about a tenth of the Earth’s wilderness has been lost since the 1990s. Over the last 20 years, a total area half the size of the Amazon and twice the size of Alaska has been deplete. Learn more in the article Study: One-tenth of Earth’s wilderness lost since the 1990s
  • In the USA we are losing 2,000,000 to 3,000,000 (that’s MILLION!) acres of land to development a year-that’s more than 5,000 acres per day, 208 acres every hour.
  • Natural areas out West are disappearing at the rate of a football field every two and a half minutes.

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  • To save land for future generations.
  • Young people are more disconnected from nature than ever before and spend an average of 9 hours a day in front of screens.
  • In the last 20 years, the prevalence of obesity among young children aged 6 to 11 has more than doubled to 17 percent and more than tripled to 17.6 percent for adolescents aged 12-19. Learn more. Lack of outdoor time is a driving force. Learn more.
  • Did you know? The Girl Scouts are selling ALL of their camps, and the Boy Scouts are selling MOST of their camps. Many times these beautiful large tracts of irreplaceable wilderness are sold for development.

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  • Private land development is the greatest threat to our nation’s grizzlies. Across the West, patterns of development are carving natural landscapes into smaller and smaller areas. This process, called fragmentation, has severe consequences for the movement and survival of wildlife and the provision of clean water. Fragmentation has become so severe and widespread that a bear walking a random path through natural areas in the West is an average of only 3.5 miles from significant human development.
  • Extinction is a natural phenomenon, it occurs at a natural “background” rate of about one to five species per year. Scientists estimate we’re now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the “background” rate, with dozens going extinct every day.

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  • Being outside is fun! It provides people with recreational opportunities for exercise, and stress relief.
  • Land is a finite, non-renewable resource.
  • Stormwater runoff from conventional subdivisions is polluting our rivers, streams and lakes. Storm drainage systems are different from sewer systems (such as water that goes down a sink or toilet). Sewer systems flows to a wastewater facility where it is treated and filtered. Water that flows down driveways, sidewalks, rooftops, driveways and streets into storm drains goes directly into a lake river or stream. This untreated water picks up pollutants along the way such as motor oil, pesticides, pet waste, paint and household chemicals that go directly into our local waters. Our conservation subdivisions are designed to hold their own water, minimize hard surfaces, and provide plenty of natural lands to hold and filter any stormwater runoff.
  • Control flooding.
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The United States lost more than 46,000 square miles of forest in those years, a size roughly equivalent to the state of Pennsylvania.

  • The United States is losing forests faster than other nations. Out of seven of the most heavily forested nations on Earth, the United States experienced a greater percentage of forest loss from 2000 to 2005 than did any of the other countries. The United States lost more than 46,000 square miles of forest in those years, a size roughly equivalent to the state of Pennsylvania.
  • A Pulse Opinon poll sponsored by NumbersUSA of 1,000 likely voters found that Americans are concerned about over development and poorly planned development. 77% of Americans saw the destruction of farmland and natural habitat as a result of overdevelopment as a major problem or somewhat of a problem.
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  • Over 50 acres of U.S. farm and ranch land are lost every hour to development, according to American Farmland Trust. View map directly above to learn more.
  • Traffic and over development have turned communities that “used to be so nice” into overcrowded places people want to flee. Development has come at the cost of the quality of life of the current residents. Developers have reaped the rewards without paying any of the costs.

The good news! We provide better solutions that most people have never heard of.

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Can your kids (or you?) do this in the open fields that are part of your neighborhood? From Jackson Meadow, a conservation neighborhood in MN.