Harford County is currently developing a Green Infrastructure Plan to prioritize the preservation of the county’s most environmentally sensitive and valuable lands. A Green Infrastructure Plan, or GIP, incorporates all aspects of a healthy ecosystem, including local communities, within a forested network of focal hubs and interconnecting corridors. Hubs may include large forests and recreational parks with linear corridors of streams and forested trails to connect them, creating a ‘green network’.
A green network preserves streams and aquatic wildlife, including recreational brook trout, and also preserves forested areas as migratory routes for native species of plants and animals, including important pollinators. Protection of such habitat areas can maintain or increase our county’s economic trade related to recreation, farming, forestry, and tourism. Green networks also improve air and water quality.