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Economic Benefits of Conservation

Conservation has a positive economic impact on the communities that envision the potential benefits of thoughtful planning.

Preservation of open space, trails, parks and greenways creates jobs, enhances property values, expands local businesses, attracts new or relocating businesses, increases local tax revenues, decreases local government expenditures through the natural provision of ecosystem services, decreases the cost of recreation and promotes a sense of local community.

The conservation of natural lands and of working farms and forests can generate financial returns, both to governments and individuals, and create significant cost savings as well.