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E-M:/ open space pays

Enviro-Mich message from anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org

Michigan Sprawlbusters may find this study useful:

     Parks, open space and farmland contribute billions of dollars to local
     economies each year, according to a report by the Trust for Public
     Land.  "The Economic Benefits of Parks and Open Space" details success
     stories from Chattanooga to Portland where local communities have seen
     the "profit" from conserving their land.  Among the findings: the
     value of land next to a greenbelt in Salen,OR was $1,200 an acre more
     than land 1000 feet away.  Owners of small companies ranked the
     presence of recreational facilities, parks and open space as the most
     important factor in choosing a new location for their businesses.  And
     river rafting and kayaking add $50 million a year to Colorado's

     Report can be downloaded from the web OR an order for a print copy
     placed on TPL's web site at www.tpl.org.  Or call 800-714-5263.

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