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By richard J. dolesh

co NservAtI o N

The Public Mandate
for Conservation
The future of parks and recreation
depends on our response

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His issue kicks oFF a new PARKS & RECREATION
column dedicated to conservation and parks. With

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the recent completion of the Report of the Conservation
Task Force (See the November, 2011, issue), NRPA is moving on a number of fronts to implement the recommendations of the Task Force and to
involve more agencies in conservation practices at the community level.

Why is conservation becoming increasingly important to parks and recreation? For some agencies,
the answer is simple: Conservation has simply been
part of their DNA from the beginning. Many special park districts, for example, were formed with
a conservation mission-to acquire and manage
land for purposes of stewardship, protecting watersheds or water supply areas, or buffering the effects
of development.
Many park and recreation agencies, either by design or by the gradual accumulation of parks and
open space tracts, are the largest owners of public lands in their jurisdictions. Many other agencies
have focused less on land acquisition and preservation than on providing recreation services, programs, and facilities.
Regardless of how prominently land figures in an
agency's mission and character, the public is coming increasingly to expect that all public lands-especially parks-be managed with conservation as a
priority. This shift in public opinion is tied to a growing consensus that quality of life in communities is integrally linked to environmental quality-that clean
air, clean water, protected open space, vibrant natural communities, and diverse wildlife habitats, are
just as important as sound economic development,
well-developed transportation infrastructure, and
high-quality educational systems.
Increasingly, terms such as " green infrastructure, "
" sustainable landscapes, " and " livable communities " are fi nding their way into the lexicon of public

parks and recreation. Citizens expect their park and
recreation agencies to be leaders in improving the
quality of life and the health of their communities.
And, to that end, they demand improvements like integrating healthy landscapes into park design, managing natural settings that are safe and healthy for
children, and reducing costs by conserving energy
and following sustainable practices. Conservation
practices are also cost savings practices-and taxpayers expect their parks and recreation managers
to demonstrate leadership in both.
Our future depends on our recognition that the
public wants and expects us to make conservation
a top priority. As we respond to this public mandate,
we will, I believe, see increases in volunteerism, and
citizen advocacy for parks' budgets, services, facilities, and programs.
The opportunities for park and recreation agencies
to become involved in the practice of conservation
are truly exciting. Whether your agency is just dipping its toe in the water or whether you have decades
of experience in conservation practices, both the
needs and opportunities have never been greater.
Each month, this column will share success stories and challenges, such as how to convert brownfields and other damaged lands into attractive usable
parks; how to address climate change issues through
urban forestry practices ; how to design safe, natural
playscapes in parks to reconnect children to nature;
how to apply metrics to evaluate the performance of
sustainable landscapes, and more.

citizens
expect their
park and
recreation
agencies to
be leaders in
improving the
quality of life
and the
health of their
communities.

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