Using key informant interviews to better understand open space conservation in a developing watershed

William F. Elmendorf, A. E. Luloff

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Abstract

Open space provides people and the places where they live with numerous, well-documented benefits, very similar to those of trees and other landscaping. Often lost in the complicated development and growth arena, planning for the conservation of the green infrastructure of open space is important for healthy communities. The Process of open space conservation provides arborists and urban foresters with opportunities to involve the community in planning and activism. Conserved open space provides arborists and urban foresters with maintenance and management opportunities and responsibilities. Although expensive and time-consuming, key informant interviews helped provide a logical process for a deeper understanding of open space conservation in a developing Pennsylvania watershed. This qualitative process can be used by urban foresters and others in more inclusive and successful planning and decision making. As an investigative tool, the interviews provided information about attitudes, issues, and obstacles expressed by local leaders. The interviews also provided evidence that concerns expressed by experienced planners since the 1960s about land use planning and open space conservation in growing areas continue to be relevant today.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-61
Number of pages8
JournalArboriculture and Urban Forestry
Volume32
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Forestry
  • Ecology

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