Land Lost, is Land Lost Forever...



When you think of going green in terms of the land - what comes to mind?  Greenland?  Ireland?  This section covers issues, concepts and practices that deal with conserving and protecting the land in a way that assures survival of future generations. Conserving our land helps ensure we all have access to clean air and drinking water, food security, scenic landscapes and views, recreational places, and habitat for the diversity of life on earth.

The United States is losing land at an alarming rate, with more than 2 million acres of land lost every year to inappropriate development (USDA/NRCS Natural Resources Inventory [2005]). Current rates and patterns of land consumption, if left unchecked, will result in wide-scale loss and fragmentation of the special natural places we need and love within the next 20 years.  Land lost, is land lost forever.


The loss of our open land is not happening by accident. For many decades, our country has created tax laws, zoning, and transportation policy that have fueled rapid sprawl and the development of natural areas. Typical building patterns in America drive us further and further from the center of our communities as we carve up increasingly distant fields and forests.


For many of us, saving the places that enrich our lives is reason enough to support conservation. But much more is at stake. Ensuring that our natural areas are preserved is critical to the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat.


If you own land that you would like to see remain free from development – for your lifetime and for future generations – then join landowners across the country taking a stand to safeguard the places they love– productive farms, ranchlands, wetlands, and coastlines.