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Citizen's long-term vision and multi-generational values have created a high quality of life and livability in this region that is remarkably unique and beautiful. But our region is changing. In an average week, the Portland metropolitan area gains more than 500 new residents, increasing pressure on natural areas, wildlife habitat, clean rivers, and streams. As this area grows to accommodate 1 million new citizens in the next 25 years, we will need to find innovative ways to balance development and growth with conservation and livability.
Using nature-friendly development practices protects our natural assets as we grow by reducing the impact of development on natural resources. Also called green or low impact development, nature-friendly development practices look beyond the building envelope and focus on land development and site design that mimic nature's processes.
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Nature-friendly practices conserve the natural systems and hydrologic functions of a site. Successful nature-friendly site planning and development:
Nature-friendly development practices:
Some specific examples of nature-friendly practices include:
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What began as a Nature in Neighborhoods design competition has morphed into a movement! Integrating Habitats' design principles, images and ideas show how our cities, buildings and backyards can improve water quality and provide valuable wildlife habitat.
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