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Designated Green Infrastructure

The American Planning Association defines green infrastructure as an “interconnected system of natural areas and open space that conserves ecosystem values, helps sustain clean air and water, and provides benefits to people... Read More

The American Planning Association defines green infrastructure as an “interconnected system of natural areas and open space that conserves ecosystem values, helps sustain clean air and water, and provides benefits to people and wildlife.” Communities may implement a wide range of green infrastructure actions including low impact development (LID) methods, multi-purpose neighborhood and regional water management, and the promotion of habitat patch and ecological connectivity through urban forestry, agriculture, public spaces, and natural resource conservation planning.

This indicator requires participating communities to map areas designed and maintained to provide a network of green infrastructure features that integrate with the built environment and conserve ecosystem functions. Data is collected locally.

Memphis-Shelby County, Tennessee

This is a conservative calculation of green infrastructure in Shelby County as it includes only land owned by conservation organizations or land protected by conservation easements. Since June 2014, an additional 1,777 acres has been protected in Shelby County. Organizations involved in conservation work in Shelby County include the Wolf... Read More

This is a conservative calculation of green infrastructure in Shelby County as it includes only land owned by conservation organizations or land protected by conservation easements. Since June 2014, an additional 1,777 acres has been protected in Shelby County. Organizations involved in conservation work in Shelby County include the Wolf River Conservancy, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the Chickasaw Basin Authority, the Land Trust of Tennessee, the TN Parks and Greenways Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, the Town of Collierville, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Supporting documentation: indicator21_shelbycounty_protected_lands-wrc-_july20-2017.xlsx (16.70 KB)