Greenways may serve as recreation areas as well as provide ecological habitats  for our native flora and fauna.

What Is A Greenway?

Greenways are open space corridors, which are protected from development, and which link nature preserves, parks, historic features, and ecosystems. They may be publicly or privately owned and may have trails for recreation or transportation. Some greenways do not have trails and are managed for the conservation of native plants and wildlife. Besides protecting habitat and offering recreational opportunities, greenways improve air and water quality, mitigate flood damage, modify extreme temperatures, and support tourism.

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Terms Commonly Associated with Greenways

: a legal binding agreement/easement designed to exclude certain activities on private land, such as commercial development or residential subdivisions. Its main purpose is to conserve natural or man-made resources on the land. It usually describes the resource it is designed to protect (e.g., farm, forest, historic, or open space easements). It runs with the property deed for a specified time or in perpetuity.

CONSEQUENCES OF SPRAWL: traffic congestion; longer commutes that steal time from family and work; worsening air and water pollution; loss of farmland, open fields, forests, and wetland; increased flooding; raised taxes to pay for services (police and fire departments) and infrastructure (new schools, roads, water, and sewer).

EASEMENT: a permit granting the holder (e.g., government entity, land trust, corporate entity, utility, mining company) certain rights regarding the land for specified purposes while the ownership of the land remains with the private land owner. An easement involves the exchange of one or more of the land ownership rights from the land owner to someone who does not own the land.

GRANTS: parcels of public or private monies given to land trusts and other non-profit organizations for the purpose of carrying out their proposed purchases.

LAND OWNERSHIP RIGHTS: the “bundle of rights” associated with the ownership of a parcel of land. These rights include the right to possess, occupy, use, mine, modify, develop, lease, or sell the land.

LAND TRUST: a non-profit (501c3) organization funded by membership dues, donations, or grants; the main goal of which is to purchase, transfer, or receive donated conservation easements. Land trusts may partner with public agencies (e.g., park districts) holding easements.

SPRAWL: low-density development beyond the edge of service and employment, which separates where people live from where they shop, work, recreate, and educate – thus requiring cars to move between zones.
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