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Community Engagement in Conservation Planning within the Inner Ring Suburbs of Baltimore. Wink Hastings, RLA National Park Service Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program Barbara L. Hopkins, JD, ASLA Executive Director NeighborSpace of Baltimore County, Inc. CONTEXT-

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Community Engagement in Conservation Planning within the Inner Ring Suburbs of Baltimore

Wink Hastings, RLA

National Park Service

Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program

Barbara L. Hopkins, JD, ASLA

Executive Director

NeighborSpace of Baltimore County, Inc.

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CONTEXT-

Chesapeake Bay

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CONTEXT-

Mapping Valued Resources

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CONTEXT-

Community Conservation

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Improving the health, welfare & cohesiveness of communities within the URDL

Mission of promoting more livability communities by protecting and improving land within the URDL embraces 3 goals:

1. Social

3. Economic

Improving environmental quality, protecting habitat, & reducing the effects of fragmentation

Enhancing property values, reducing exposure to pollutants and environmental degradation, & improving efficiency of environmental services

2. Environmental

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Criteria (GIS Layers) for Conservation Land That Will Achieve the Objectives

Results Necessary to Achieve Goal

Objective B Conserving land to protect habitat &/or reduce fragmentation

  • EXISTENCE OF CORE HABITAT
  • POTENTIAL FOR WETLAND CREATION OR EXPANSION
  • PROXIMITY TO NATURAL LANDS NETWORK
  • SUITABILITY FOR REFORESTATION

Objective A Conserving land to improve air & water quality

  • BURIED STREAMS OR STORMWATER OUTFALLS
  • HARDENED SHORELINES SUITABLE FOR REMOVAL
  • PROXIMITY TO TRIBUTARIES & VEGETATED BUFFERS

Environmental Goal

Improving environmental quality, protecting habitat, & reducing the effects of fragmentation

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Using Pairwise Comparisonto Rank the Criteria for Objective B, “Conserving land to protect habitat and reduce fragmentation”

Rating Scale

A,3

C,3

Resulting Criteria (Layer) Weights

C,3

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From Pairwise Comparison to GIS Maps Via a Linear Weighted GIS Model

The Model

c1= GIS layer for criterion 1

GIS Map Results

Where

= {(c1) (w1) + (c2)(w2) +(c3)(w3) ….}

w1= Weight for criterion 1

The Results

GIS Map Results

= {(existence of core habitat)(.3025) + (proximity to natural lands network) (.3868) ….}

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Calibrating the Map Layers: Development of Metrics

Development of Metrics

High: Including & Adjacent to

Moderate: Within 200 ft

Low: Within 300 ft of wetland

High: Within network

Moderate: Adjacent

Low: Within ¼ mile

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For More Information:

Barbara L. Hopkins, JD, ASLA

Executive Director

NeighborSpace of Baltimore County

[email protected]

443-377-3760

Wink Hastings, RLA

National Park Service at the Chesapeake Bay Program

Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program

[email protected]

410-260-2481

Web Page on the Conservation Planning Effort (and a copy of this presentation)

http://www.neighborspacebaltimorecounty.org/openspaceplanning.html

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