Forestry: Smart Growth Along the Urban/Rural Gradient

Los Angeles (February 8, 2007)- Growth and land conservation are often seen as two opposing forces. Explore a new paradigm where development and conservation are compatible and complimentary. The Forest Service will moderate a discussion of three strategic and collaborative approaches to managing growth and conservation along the rural/urban gradient.

Jerry Moles from the New River Land Trust in rural Grayson County, VA discusses the work that the Trust has modeled on the Australian Landcare Program. The New River Trust is developing markets for local agriculture and forest products. Landowners use tax credits for development rights, or sell them to people, or corporations with large tax obligations.
Dan Reuter from the Atlanta Regional Commission discusses several projects that integrate development with forest conservation, including a regional forest assessment and a conservation easement program.
Don Outen, a Baltimore County planner, describes how the County is using the Montreal Process Criteria and Indicators framework in a county that has successfully managed growth for 40 years.
Learn more from:
* Moderator: Susan Mockenhaupt, National Program Manager, Urban & Community Forestry Program, US Forest Service
* Don Outen, Natural Resource Manager, Baltimore Co. Dept. Environmental Protection & Resource Management
* Stephanie Bertaina, Open Space Conservation Specialist, U.S. Forest Service
* Dan Reuter, Land Use Chief, Atlanta Regional Commission
* Jerry Moles, NWFW Grant, Consulting Director of Land Stewardship, New River Land Trust
About Smart Growth
Ten years ago, smart growth was a burgeoning concept- one that had gained footing in a few progressive places throughout the country. These days, smart growth plays an important role in communities across the nation. Smart Growth is about quality of life and the ability for all people to have access to decent livable communities. For some, this is inherent in their daily lives. For many others, especially those in the middle and lower classes, choices and options for safe and healthy living are few.
Whether the problem is the jobs/housing imbalance, increasing vehicle miles traveled, competition for localized tax base, open space preservation, or air and water quality, the importance of a regional model for smart growth planning is critical. Local governments and their neighbors need to find common ground through understanding the benefits of land use polices directed at making the regional healthier, this will in turn create more livable communities in localized neighborhoods.
About the 6th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities (February 8-10, 2007)
The 2007 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Los Angeles, California, hosted record attendance of over 1,500 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC). Audio CDs of the conference are also available. Nearly all of the conference sessions, plenaries, breakouts and workshops were audio recorded.
For more information, visit
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