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Hudson Valley News

Report Measures Open Space Value In The Mid-Hudson Valley

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The State University of New York at New Paltz and the Regional Plan Association have completed a multi-year study measuring the value of open space in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

The study includes the direct and indirect environmental, economic, quality-of-life and stewardship benefits that land protection provides to localities and the greater region. The report finds that the ecosystem benefits of protected and unprotected space in Orange, Dutchess, Ulster and Putnam Counties are worth about $3.5 billion, with more than two-thirds of that value generated by unprotected open space. The report concludes that communities should prioritize the protection of land that is most critical for adapting to a changing climate; adopt smart growth policies; and create a Tri-State Trail network with connections in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

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