Overview

With illustrative and detailed examples drawn from throughout the country, Green Infrastructure advances smart land conservation: large scale thinking and integrated action to plan, protect and manage our natural and restored lands. From the individual parcel to the multi-state region, Green Infrastructure helps each of us look at the landscape in relation to the many uses it could serve, for nature and people, and determine which use makes the...
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Green Infrastructure: Linking Landscapes and Communities

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Overview

With illustrative and detailed examples drawn from throughout the country, Green Infrastructure advances smart land conservation: large scale thinking and integrated action to plan, protect and manage our natural and restored lands. From the individual parcel to the multi-state region, Green Infrastructure helps each of us look at the landscape in relation to the many uses it could serve, for nature and people, and determine which use makes the most sense.

In this wide-ranging primer, leading experts in the field provide a detailed how-to for planners, designers, landscape architects, and citizen activists
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Editorial Reviews

Australian Planner
"Green Infrastructure represents an informed and progressive way of approaching our environment. ...It is clearly written and uses boxed case studies, quotes, tables and photographs to enhance its clarity and readability."
president emeritus of the Land Trust Alliance and president, Conservation Servic - Jean Hocker
"Green Infrastructure is a remarkable guidebook, brimming with vision, practical step-by-step guidance, and detailed case studies. It will be invaluable to all who seek to conserve significant networks of open lands and to build truly livable communities."
President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy - Keith Laughlin
"Benedict and McMahon make a compelling case that the long-term health and viability of our communities and countryside depend upon connecting parks, trails, and farmland to create a tapestry of protected land spanning the American landscape."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597267649
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 3/18/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 490,382
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author


Mark Benedict is the Senior Associate for Strategic Conservation and the Senior Advisor for the Conservation Leadership Network at the Conservation Fund. He has his Ph.D. in botany/plant ecology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Ed McMahon is vice president and director of land use planning for The Conservation Fund and co-author of Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities (Island Press 1997).
The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit organization, acts to protect the nation's legacy of land and water resources in partnership with other organizations, public agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. Since its founding in 1985, the Fund has helped its partners safeguard wildlife habitat, working landscapes, community greenspace and historic sites totaling more than 3.4 million acres throughout the nation. Its headquarters are in Arlington, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Why green infrastructure? 1
Ch. 2 The green infrastructure approach : principles from past to present 23
Ch. 3 The benefits of a green infrastructure approach 57
Ch. 4 Where do we begin? 85
Ch. 5 The basics of network design 109
Ch. 6 The implementation quilt : matching available resources to network needs 149
Ch. 7 Management and stewardship 197
Ch. 8 Building support for green infrastructure 225
Ch. 9 Making it happen 251
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