This is a collection of articles focusing on
definitions of terms and concepts commonly used in discussions about
land use, environmental quality, and planning. Greenways,
linkages/corridors, open space, buffers, core area,
“biodiversity”, etc., often mean different things
to different people. Understanding these concepts can provide the basis
for positive dialogue, creative problem solving, and thoughtful
decision-making on points of conservation and stewardship of land and
natural resources in our community.
and the Natural World - There are parallels
between Y2K and the environment. What are they? How can you as an
individual make a difference? Read this article to find out.
Areas: More than Pretty Places - Jeff Wagner
defines Natural Areas, the values and services, the distinctions from
other types of lands, and the management demands and reasons for
Mayview Valley Biological Diversity Area -
Andy Loza describes the identification and classification of
significant and unique areas that are critical to our natural heritage.
We thank Andy for his report on an under-utilized, but highly relevant,
study of the natural resources within our township.
Linking It All Together - Jeff Wagner defines
greenways, offers examples of regional greenways efforts and points out
the opportunities that we have in Upper St. Clair to plan for greenways
in our community.
is a Riparian Buffer? - Riparian buffers are
important to water quality. But what are they and what does CLS have to
do with them. This article explains.
What, How and Where? - What is biodiversity,
how is it measured, and where can biodiversity be found in the
township? This article answers those and other questions that are part
of the reason for the existence of CLS.