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Case for Conservation

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People may conserve land to preserve it for wildlife and outdoor recreation; or to ensure its availability for sustainable farming and forestry; or to prevent flooding, absorb water and air pollution, and provide other ecosystem services; or to preserve scenic views or otherwise improve the quality of life in communities. Regardless of motive, the evidence is clear that conservation delivers real and tremendously substantial economic, environmental, health and other benefits to people.

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association has collected and organized hundreds of studies documenting the benefits of land conservation, open space and outdoor recreation. Users may select topics in the left column and browse the titles of studies associated with those topics. The key findings of each study are summarized and, if the study is openly available, it is posted for viewing or downloading.