Green Infrastructure planning should be the first step in land-use planning. It is much easier and more cost effective to protect the environment before land is developed than to restore the natural processes after they are impaired. Green Infrastructure uses a comprehensive approach to planning and employs the latest scientific knowledge and sound land use practices.
Delaware’s Green Infrastructure needs to be identified and assessed in advance of land use decisions. An inventory of state-owned green infrastructure lands, agricultural preservation lands, and private lands restoration projects is being used to help guide state and local planning and investments.
The inventories are used to develop state land maps. These maps provide valuable information that will help preserve our Green Infrastructure by linking or connecting land through a system of corridors or connectors, or by saving lands through targeting acquisitions and easements. Mapping assists in the development of Green Infrastructure strategies and improves land use decisions.
The Delaware Wildlife Action Plan includes this Green Infrastructure Map