Public works departments in five counties have been recognized for their efforts to promote and protect open space, parks, watersheds, recreational lands, and wildlife preserves:Landscapes 21st Century Preservation Program, Chester County, Pa.Harris County Flood Control District, Harris County, TexasParks and Conservation Lands, Martin County, Fla.South Park Heritage Area, Park County Land & Water Trust Fund, Park County, Colo.Open Space Acquisition Policy Plan, Suffolk County, N.Y.
The County Leadership in Conservation Awards were launched four years ago by The Trust for Public Land and the National Association of Counties. In addition to national recognition, each county receives a travel scholarship to promote countywide land conservation programs as effective solutions to regional growth issues.
Since 1996, 151 counties have prioritized land conservation with new or reconsidered conservation programs. In that time, the counties have passed 260 ballot measures generating $14.3 billion. More than 77% of all county conservation ballot measures in the last decade have won voter approval.