Implementation — How we Preserve

Goal: Advance the protection and stewardship of open space, farmland, and natural and cultural features to realize economic, ecological, and quality of life benefits.

Expand open space education

Expand educational programming to better inform the public and elected officials about the economic, environmental, and quality-of-life benefits of properly managed and protected open spaces.

Priority: Moderate

Initial County Action: Participation in education programs and support for an update of the value of open space study.

Who and How

  Education/
Advocacy
Planning Technical
Assistance
Programs Regulation Construction
CC Planning    
Municipalities      
Land Trusts    
Ag Community    
Conservation Orgs    

Increase protected farmlands

Increase the acreage and clustering of protected economically viable and active farmland.

Priority: High

Initial County Action: Continued preservation of prime farmland through purchase of agricultural conservation easements.

Who and How

  Education/
Advocacy
Planning Technical
Assistance
Programs Regulation Construction
Ag Community        
CC Open Space    
Municipalties        
Land Trusts      

Expand protection of natural habitats

Expand protected natural habitats, with a priority of creating a network of riparian corridors, special protection waters, wetlands, forests, and unique habitats such as serpentine barrens and interior forests.

Priority: High

Initial County Action: Continued preservation of prime farmland through purchase of agricultural conservation easements.

Who and How

  Education/
Advocacy
Planning Technical
Assistance
Programs Regulation Construction
CC Open Space      
CC Fac & Parks      
Municipalities    
Land Trusts    
PA DCNR    

Create additional recreation properties

Create additional recreational properties such as parks, playgrounds, sports fields, trails, and water trails.

Priority: High

Initial County Action: Continued opportunities for park land acquisition and construction of recreational facilities.

Who and How

  Education/
Advocacy
Planning Technical
Assistance
Programs Regulation Construction
CC Fac & Parks        
PA DCNR    
CC Open Space      
Municipalities  

Enhance protection of historic resources

Enhance protection of historic resources, cultural resources, and scenic viewsheds through open space preservation techniques.

Priority: Moderate

Initial County Action: Continued program consideration or refinements for additional emphasis of cultural resources.

Who and How

  Education/
Advocacy
Planning Technical
Assistance
Programs Regulation Construction
CC Open Space      
Hist Pres Network        
Municipalities    
Land Trusts    

Expand the network of protected open space

Expand the countywide network of protected open spaces through conservation corridors that connect communities to recreational parks, historic resources, trails, and natural areas, while protecting stream and wildlife corridors.

Priority: Very High

Initial County Action: Continued funds for purchase/easement of lands that create or add to clusters or links of protected open space.

Who and How

  Education/
Advocacy
Planning Technical
Assistance
Programs Regulation Construction
CC Open Space    
CC Fac & Parks        
Municipalities  
Land Trusts    
PA DCNR    

Encourage restoration and stewardship

Encourage the restoration and stewardship of land and resources.

Priority: High

Initial County Action: Support for restoration of Nottingham Park. Creation of educational materials on stewardship and restoration. Potential creation of pilot program for stewardship on preserved land in cooperation with private partners.

Who and How

  Education/
Advocacy
Planning Technical
Assistance
Programs Regulation Construction
CC Open Space    
CC Fac & Parks        
CC Conserv Dist
Conservation Orgs    
Municipalities    
Land Trusts  
Ag Community        
US NRCS    

Support open space policies and ordinances

Support municipalities in the implementation of effective land preservation policies and ordinances.

Priority: Moderate

Initial County Action: Coordination with land trusts on assistance to municipalities for ordinance review and input.

Who and How

  Education/
Advocacy
Planning Technical
Assistance
Programs Regulation Construction
Land Trusts    
CC Planning    
CCATO          
Municipalities        

Convene open space summits

Convene an open space summit on a regular basis with public and private open space protectors to coordinate activities beyond municipal boundaries.

Priority: Moderate

Initial County Action: Organization and leadership of summits.

Who and How

  Education/
Advocacy
Planning Technical
Assistance
Programs Regulation Construction
CC Planning  
CC Open Space      
Municipalities          
Land Trusts      
Ag Community        
CC Econ Dev