Green Infrastructure Project

Between October 2008 and October 2009, the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission (RRPDC), the Crater Planning District Commission (CPDC), the Green Infrastructure Center, and the Capital Regional Land Conservancy undertook a cooperative project to document the Richmond and Crater Regions’ green infrastructure assets.

This summary report presents a resource for green infrastructure planning activities across and among the Richmond and Crater Regions. Included in the analysis are the following conclusions:

  • The region’s forests are a renewable economic resource that purify the region’s air and water, prevent soil erosion, and support biodiversity.
  • More than 2800 farms covering approximately 558,000 acres provide habitat, filter water, and sequester carbon as well as sustain the region’s agricultural economy. [USDA Census of Agriculture, 2007]
  • Area trails, parks, and historical sites connect communities with the region’s rich natural and human history.
  • State and federal wildlife areas provide habitat as well as opportunities for recreation, environmental education, and bird watching