||The land conservancy movement in the United States has increased significantly over
twenty years. The increased number and activity of local land trusts is especially
and suburban land has been the most important conservation targets for these groups.
there is growing interest in the conservation of urban land, and interest in the values
of natural areas in urban environments. To assess these values and viability, Cuyahoga
Ohio is evaluated on its present and future potential for an urban land conservation
Cuyahoga County’s human population has declined the past ten years but land development
continues to increase. Loss of valuable ecological areas including riparian lands,
diverse plant communities continues at an alarming pace. An urban land conservation
that targets small parcels (<10 acre) is needed to combat the loss of the ecological
to provide natural areas to an urbanizing county as a social and economic benefit.
To determine the viability of an urban land conservation effort in Cuyahoga County,
following activities were evaluated.
1. The success and challenges of current urban land conservation efforts throughout
country and within Cuyahoga County;
2. The similarities and differences of approaches to rural land conservation and urban
3. Defining eco-valued landscapes and their presence for conservation opportunities
Cuyahoga County; and
4. Organizational structures in Cuyahoga County that could institute an urban land
As our human population continues to move into and transform metropolitan areas, an
land conservation strategy will provide an opportunity to establish natural areas
where it is most
needed and to lessen the pressure of the unwavering desire to live outside of the