blue heron smallThe protection of natural and agricultural lands is linked to a sustainable economy and healthy communities. In addition, conservation lands and the ecosystems services they provide are just as important to our economy and well-being as are our roads, residences, and businesses. Natural and agricultural lands are vital for our water quality and supply, our wildlife, and our tourism. These lands support us; they provide for and clean our water, provide flood control, storm protection, food, recreation, clean air, etc.  Land conservation isn’t an amenity value; it is vital our future.