Measuring Success

How we PRESERVE

2020

METRIC 1

Protected Open Space

Track the percentage of permanently protected open space within the county, including farmland, nature preserves and parks.

METRIC result

As of the current year (2020), a total of 144,254 acres of open space was preserved, both with and without county funding. This represents an increase of 4,427 acres (or 0.9%) relative to the base year (2018).

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METRIC 2

Open Space Connectivity

Monitor protected open space within the conservation corridors.

METRIC result

As of the current year (2020), a total of 9,326 acres of open space were protected within the 1/8th mile wide conservation corridors. This represents an increase of 283 acres relative to the base year.

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METRIC 3

Protected Farmland

Track the percentage of farmland that is eligible for an agricultural conservation easement and has been protected from development.

METRIC result

During the current year (2020), the amount of farmland that was eligible for easement and has been protected from development was 95,081 acres. This represents an increase of 2,478 acres relative to the base year (2018).

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This metric addresses farmland that is well suited for protection with an agricultural conservation easement, which may not include all indoor facilities and some unconventional farm operations.

2019

METRIC 1

Protected Open Space

Track the percentage of permanently protected open space within the county, including farmland, nature preserves and parks.

METRIC result

As of the current year (2019), a total of 142,233 acres of open space was preserved, both with and without county funding. This represents an increase of 2,405 acres (or 0.5%) relative to the base year (2018)

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METRIC 2

Open Space Connectivity

Monitor protected open space within the conservation corridors.

METRIC result

As of the current year (2019), a total of 9,147 acres of open space were protected within the 1/8th mile wide conservation corridors. This represents an increase of 103 acres relative to the base year

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METRIC 3

Protected Farmland

Track the percentage of farmland that is eligible for an agricultural conservation easement and has been protected from development.

METRIC result

During the current year (2019), the amount of farmland that was eligible for easement and had been protected from development was 85,718 acres, which is 62.9% of all the farmland that was eligible for easement. This represents an increase of 1,520 acres relative to the base year.

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This metric addresses farmland that is well suited for protection with an agricultural conservation easement, which may not include all indoor facilities and some unconventional farm operations.

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