Green spaces provide public values benefiting everyone.
Tourism, agriculture, timber production, hunting & fishing, wildlife watching and outdoor recreation pump billions of dollars into Pennsylvania’s economy every year.
- Municipalities and schools districts save money by curbing sprawl and the demands it places on infrastructure and public services.
- Protecting working farms and forests saves money, preserves the fabric of communities and ensures fresh, local food supply.
Community & Ecological Benefits:
- Protect drinking water supplies
- Recharge groundwater & aquifers
- Provide habitat for wildlife
- Absorb air pollution
- Cool communities in the summer
- Absorb stormwater & reduce flooding
- Provide recreational & aesthetic values
Each year, America loses five million acres of farms, forests, open spaces and wetlands.
Nationwide, nonprofit organizations have preserved 47 million acres, including nearly 600,000 acres in Pennsylvania.