The Value of Open Spaces
How Preserving North Carolina's Natural Heritage Benefits Our Economy and Quality of Life

Executive Summary

In the past, conventional wisdom held that open space purchases, while offering important social benefits, drained local government finances and did not contribute to economic growth. However preserving North Carolina’s natural heritage can strengthen the foundation for economic growth, enhance quality of life, and protect the health of the environment. The Value of Open Space reviews the many ways open space creates value for the community.