Green infrastructure is an interconnected network of natural areas, other open spaces, and management practices that conserve natural ecosystem functions, sustain clean air, promote water quality (by mimicking natural processes to infiltrate, evapotranspirate or reuse storm water or runoff), and provide a wide array of benefits to people and wildlife. Our green infrastructure resources include commercial and non-commercial forests, waterways, wildlife areas, wetlands, historic landscapes, working farms, vineyards and pasture, and public parks.
In 2011, as an approach to strategic conservation of our green infrastructure assets, GWRC undertook a series of
tasks to define the region’s critical green infrastructure and the pressure on this regional asset. The resulting 2011 Regional Green Infrastructure Plan and its 2016 and 2017 updates are linked below.