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Economic Value of Protected Open Space



The GreenSpace Alliance and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission recently released the Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Southeastern Pennsylvania Report.

The findings, featured at a news conference held at Valley Forge National Historic Park on November 16th, are the first to quantify the economic value of protected open space in the five-county area. More than just pretty places, preserved open spaces contribute to our local economies and property values, they help us save on everything from health care to recreation, and they perform valuable ecosystem services that naturally improve the air we breathe and the water we drink. These are the messages that the new study documents and will be used to convey to the public. The complete study, the Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Southeastern Pennsylvania, is available for download here:

Full Study

A summary of the study, Return on Environment, is available here:

Study Summary
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