Community conservation is the practice of integrating nature into your city’s landscape. Because every community is unique, different towns may integrate nature differently to bring the most benefit to residents.
MDC staff can help you find and visualize ways to incorporate nature that will best fit your community's needs and budget.
Why Practice Community Conservation?
Studies show that integrating nature into urban and suburban areas can yield a number of social, health, environmental, and economic benefits. These include:
Increased social connections fostered by outdoor gathering spaces.
Decreased obesity as trails and open spaces promote exercise.
Better air quality (and better health) because trees and other plants filter pollutants.
Improved economies because people spend more time shopping in areas with shade trees and natural features.
The Department of Conservation offers communities and partners a number of grant and cost-share options to assist with everything from green development, to wildlife habitat to enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities.