Using ecosystem-based and traditional land-use planning to conserve greenspace

William F. Elmendorf, A. E. Luloff

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When conserved in greenspace, natural systems-forests, stream corridors, and chaparral-provide many benefits to people and communities. Conserving greenspace, then, requires traditional land-use planning and regulation, which provides local governments powerful tools and processes. Greenspace conservation can be hampered by a lack of intermunicipal cooperation, disregard for natural systems within the planning process, and concerns for the taking of private property rights. Because of a broadscale approach, an ecosystem-based approach to community forestry can support traditional land-use planning in conservation efforts across the many landscapes and through the people involved in community development. Use of an ecosystem approach has problems, however, including the building of cooperation and partnership between multiple jurisdictions and agencies. Furthermore, a lack of awareness and involvement by community foresters and arborists may impede the success of either traditional or ecosystem planning approaches in conserving greenspace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-273
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Arboriculture
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Forestry
  • Ecology


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