Green Communities Center

Regional Green Infrastructure Planning at the Landscape Scale

Project Background

APA is working with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to develop an understanding of regional green infrastructure planning at the landscape scale, and the associated needs and opportunities.

Increasingly, USFS is working collaboratively at the landscape scale to promote forest health and ensure continued and equitable access to the many benefits forests provide, including clean air and water, biodiversity, and habitat, as well as connections to nature and benefits for human health.

Planning that results in an interconnected system of parks, streams, forests, and urban forests along with trails, sidewalks, and other pedestrian improvements can help ensure these benefits are realized.

Through this work, APA convened a conversation around the opportunities and needs surrounding regional green infrastructure planning at the landscape scale. This included a baseline assessment of regional green infrastructure planning and resources, identifying where gaps exist, and a final "green paper" that addresses both the need and opportunity for regional green infrastructure on the landscape scale.

Regional Green Infrastructure at the Landscape Scale

Forests provide a wide range of benefits — environmental, economic, and social — which can create more resilient landscapes and communities. However, forests are facing challenges from a variety of factors including development pressure, invasive species, and climate change.

This green paper looks at the needs and opportunities related to addressing regional green infrastructure at the landscape scale. In particular, it focuses on the challenges posed by development in the wildland-urban interface and opportunities for increasing resilience through an integrated approach to green infrastructure.

The results of this paper will be used to develop a planning framework for addressing multi-hazard resilience through regional green infrastructure planning.