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Executive Study:

"The Economic Value Of Protected Open Space In Erie County, Pennsylvania"

This document analyzes benefits of protected open space to households, businesses, and governments in Erie County, and by extension, the entire tristate economy. Protected open spaces provide significant benefits to local communities. Unfortunately, these benefits are not usually understood or appreciated as communities and investors make critical decisions. Erie Community Foundation, Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority and Mercyhurst University recognized this problem and supported the research efforts of Lake Erie Region Conservancy and consultants, VanAmburg Group, Inc. This study measures the impact of open spaces in Erie County, PA, for decision makers to understand the economic value generated by protected open space. 

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Conneaut Creek Conservation Plan:

The Conneaut Creek watershed (see following photo tour) on the southern shore of Lake Erie is the largest subwatershed within Pennsylvania's portion of the Great Lakes Basin, and occupies portions of Erie and Crawford Counties in Pennsylvania and Ashtabula County, Ohio.


Pennsylvania Lake Erie Watershed Conservation Plan:

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