With the Grain
Reason to Plan
Lands of Interest
These are a few ideas to begin your list of LANDS OF INTEREST. Each category suggests lands that may be worthy of preservation. Are there such places in your community? If lost, would they be missed? You probably know of other inspiring or respected places. With a complete list in hand, it will become easier to set priorities and choose effective planning tools.

In many cases, willing owners and neighbors have maintained the land's essential beauty or character for years. As owners and uses change, proper planning can help the community continue respectful stewardship of these important resources. Which are most worthy?

Productive agricultural lands
unique farmland (slope, soil or site)
prime farmland or active farms
USDA class I, II or III soils
Expanses of special character
diverse native plant communities
fields of row crops or fruit
pine or other uniform plantations
Other productive lands
timber or game management
crucial wildlife nesting or feeding
fish and waterfowl breeding
groundwater or aquifer recharge
public or private recreation
Cultural, historic or archaeological sites
old cemeteries, churches or schools
mill sites, mill ponds or waterworks
homestead gardens or cellar holes
burial mounds or earthworks
odd or beautiful roads or drives
Attractive topography or viewsheds
prominent elevations or ridges
broad, flat plains or water bodies
rolling (or isolated) hills or dunes
riverbank bluffs or panoramas
vistas with few signs of habitation
diverse elements near one another
Recreation areas or opportunities
hunting areas (public or private)
no-hunting wildlife areas or greenways
trails or foot-traffic-only areas
existing or potential parks or preserves
commercial recreation ventures
private swimming or fishing holes
Scenic or notable vegetation
broad prairies or meadows
intact wetland complexes
hedgerows or wildlife corridors
large, mature or stately woodlands
Locally or regionally scarce elements
unusual plants or animals
native communities or habitats
rare natural features or landscapes
isolated or abandoned railbeds
Rural landmarks
roadside linear groves or hedges
farmhouse groves or landmark trees
bridges or footpath river crossings
rustic barns or corrals
stone fences or footings
Watershed features
natural or meandering streams
springs, headwaters or tributaries
wetlands, floodplains or hydric soils
shaded or undisturbed riverbanks
future sources of public water
Peaceful, secluded areas
physically isolated or quiet places
sounds of water, wind, birds, frogs...
uniformly dark at night
deer and other wintering yards
Lands prone to fragmentation
large water frontages
large tracts in one ownership
linear parcels near railbeds or rivers

... buffers to these special places
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