As development pressures increase, we place an added burden on our natural resources. Development of land and the need for more infrastructure to support it, coupled with the fragmentation of forest, open space, and critical habitat, compound the problem. Finding the balance between human desires, the need to keep natural systems functioning, and a commitment to preserve “sense of place” can be achieved only with sound planning and compromise. Over the last 50 years innovative advances in planning to protect natural resources and improve quality of life have been made. Planning is of no value, however, unless it is understood and used to support environmentally sound decisionmaking.
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