CommunityViz software helps users to visualize and analyze landuse options and communicate land use decisions. The GIS-based software allows users to explore many alternative land use scenarios and see associated socioeconomic and environmental impacts.
Cost of Community Service Studies (COCS) assist municipal officials and citizens in understanding the income and costs related to different land use categories within their jurisdiction.
An Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) serves as an official public forum and mechanism for advancing environmental considerations within the municipal decision-making and policy process.
Important Bird Areas, or IBAs, provide essential habitat for birds. The National Audubon Society identifies Important Bird Areas across the United States as part of the Society’s work to conserve critical sites for bird conservation.
PA Land Choices is a curriculum, a collection of activities that guides learners in understanding the forces and choices that shape a community and region. It challenges participants to become involved in their community and to conserve their natural resources.
The Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program (PNHP) provides current, reliable, objective, accessible information on Pennsylvania’s ecological resources to help inform environmental, economic, and land use decisions.
The Plant Stewardship Index is a standardized assessment tool that calculates a numerical index reflecting the quality of native plant communities for a given area. It indicates the impacts of invasive plants and can also be used to monitor the efficacy of land management practices.
Across the political spectrum, voters consistently and strongly voice their support for land conservation and parks.
Conservation prioritization tools are used to assist conservation practitioners in making difficult decisions about which of many conservation resources should be preserved or protected, given limited funds and resources.
Walk for Wellness is an outreach program designed to encourage individuals and families to enjoy nature through physical activity. Through the development and distribution of trail maps, organizations can promote healthy living by encouraging outdoor, physical recreational use of natural areas and greenways.