Working Lands

Working lands not only provide intrinsic value but also security and protection of the county’s sources of foods and fiber, and jobs for millions of Americans. Ecological benefits of these areas can include:

  • Reducing air and water pollution
  • Preserving open and green spaces and the habitat they provide
  • Supporting management and protection of watersheds and wetlands
  • Maintaining scenic landscapes and recreational amenities
  • Preventing soil erosion and improving soil quality
  • Reducing the negative impacts of flooding
  • Improving resilience to drought and invasive species

Through avoided conversion and carbon sequestration projects on land and in water, they can also offer climate change mitigation benefits. Three major types of “working” land types are:

– Agricultural Lands

– Aquaculture

– Working Forests

Preserving these spaces helps to improve local economies, conserve landscapes, enhance ecosystems, and maintain generations of tradition.