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The Trust for Public Land and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs are now working on a greenprint plan to balance development with conservation based on a scientifically sound planning process that balances both the community's opinion and takes the land's special values into account.

Story Mill Community Park Overview and Map

Linear parks are unbeatable facilities for recreation and non-motorized transportation, providing not only environmental and community-building benefits but even enhanced economic value. One of the most recent opportunities is in Charleston, South Carolina.

The United States is in the midst of an urban park renaissance, and linear trails are among the most popular of the new facilities. Trails are proving their economic, environmental, transportation, and community-building values. Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the localities that now has this opportunity and the Speedwell Foundation has contracted with The Trust for Public Land to produce a short report on the experience of other communities in creating linear parks for recreation and nonmotorized transportation.

The Trust for Public Land conducted an economic analysis of the return on Ohio’s investment in land conservation through the Clean Ohio Fund and found that every $1 invested in land conservation returned $4 in natural goods and services to the Ohio economy.