Today, the National Park Service is celebrating 100 years of advocacy for community recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. A part of the National Park Service’s success over the last 100 years can be attributed to a conscious and continuous championing of green infrastructure; there is an inherent partnership between the cultural and economic benefits of conserving natural resources and connecting people with nature.
Esri and the National Geographic Society have recently announced a new partnership in order to enable greener infrastructure in America. Esri is developing GIS tools and providing guidance to the entities that face planning decisions that need to address climate change, population growth, and water safety control.
Esri’s vision for a national green infrastructure map, combining urban structure layers with water and vegetation layers, is to facilitate knowledgeable decision-making by policy-makers, planners, and the public alike. By mapping important local assets, individual communities can understand how these landscapes are connected – and how they can be connected. With this insight, communities are equipped with the tools they need to plan strategic development that works to conserve green spaces and green thinking.