Green Infrastructure Projects in Virginia
In July 2007, the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) began a statewide field test of green infrastructure planning in Virginia. The goal of the field test was to develop and test practical methods for identifying and conserving green assets such as forests, rivers, wildlife areas, historic landscape features and recreational opportunities. Field tests demonstrate how to do this work in a variety of settings. They represent several of the state’s distinct ecoregions – coastal, piedmont, ridge and valley (see the Bailey's ecoregion map of Virginia ) -- as well as diversity of development patterns from rural, to urban to suburban. Methods derived from these field tests will be shared through a green infrastructure planning manual that will be available for free download. We are currently raising funds to cover the manual's design and printing.
The following are links to project descriptions including the projects' final reports.
Or click on the orange dots on the project map to learn more about each project
Under a Redesign Grant from the US Forest Service’s Southern Region, the GIC is conducting a capacity assessment of green infrastructure planning for states in the USFS Southern Region. This project began in summer 2009. A report of findings is available here.
Technical Assistance to Localities and Regions
The GIC also assists other localities in evaluating green infrastructure and developing their own plans. The GIC has provided advice to several other planning districts including the New River Planning District in Southern Virginia, The Thomas Jefferson Planning District in Central Virginia and most recently, to the Northern Virginia Regional Commission. The GIC is available to provide advice and assistance on a contracted basis and can develop projects for grant funding if local funding sources can be identified and obtained. Contact the GIC for more information or to request assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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