A decade after Monroe County PA officials—with citizen support—invested $25 million in open space protection, a renewed financial commitment was needed for continued protection of natural areas and farmland, and preservation of the county’s exceptional quality of life, local economy and water resources.
Heron’s Eye Communications worked with The Nature Conservancy and the Monroe County Open Space Update Committee to develop the Monroe County Open Space Needs Assessment: Next Steps to Continuing Success. Among other important points, the document:
- Made the case that open space conservation is a smart solution to reduce the cost of public services that often accompany development.
- Highlighted success stories made possible by the county’s initial investment.
From 1990 to 2006, Monroe was PA’s second-fastest growing county. Thanks to the efforts of a broad base of residents, business leaders and elected officials, significant progress was made toward identifying, prioritizing and protecting the county’s extraordinary landscapes.
The needs assessment, prepared by Heron’s Eye, outlined the opportunity to exponentially expand on Monroe’s land conservation success at a critical moment in the area’s growth and development.