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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.


CONTEXT-

Chesapeake Bay


CONTEXT-

Mapping Valued Resources


CONTEXT-

Community Conservation


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


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


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


Actual Pairwise Comparison Questionnaire and Results for Objective B


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) ….}


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


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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