Update February 20


Update – February 20, 2018:

During Harford County’s first public open house for green infrastructure planning on February 8th, attendees ranked what they felt were the most important (and least important) goals and strategies for the development of the GIP.  The goal ranked number one as most important was Natural Resource Protection.  Acquiring Key Natural Areas was voted as the number one most important strategy for GIP development.  Other ideas mentioned include urban planning as well as the implementation of trails within the GI network.  Top ranked priorities in county parks include enhanced tree canopy and multi-benefit green stormwater projects.

In response to some of the questions received during our open house, Harford County would like to take the opportunity to answer the following:

Q: How is any of this [green infrastructure implementation] going to happen without affecting funding or regulations?  Is it just an exercise?

A: The GI plan will not impose new regulations on County citizens.  The GIP proposes to identify a green infrastructure network throughout Harford County.  When it comes time to implement projects within the GI network, financing will come from grants and other similar funding.  

Q: Could this [GIP] drive incentives and funding for private land owners too?

A: Yes!  If private land owners express an interest in having their property (or a portion of their property) implemented as part of the GI network, Harford County will explore incentives and funding options for them in the future.

Q: How does this overlay with preservation programs like program open space, etc?

A: These programs will definitely play a role in the GI network.  It is possible that highly valued land will be preserved by such programs and later become an integral part of the GI network (core, hub, or corridor).

Q: What about state property?

A: There is always potential for the County and State to collaborate and progress toward a similar goal of incorporating more green space and/or green projects into the GI network for the preservation of highly valuable lands.

Did you know?
A honey bee’s maximum flight range is about two miles. They cannot fly over large fields of corn or soybeans to reach the next pollen/nectar field because it is too far to fly, and they will die of exhaustion or starvation.  Pollen and nectar sources such as blooming trees, clover, etc supply the bees and other pollinators with sufficient nutrition.

The coming months will be spent working closely with The Conservation Fund and the Susquehannock Wildlife Society to develop a GIP for Harford County.  Keep checking back for more updates as we progress forward in our habitat assessment studies. 

Stay tuned for our next public meeting this Fall! *Date to be determined later this summer*

Until then, feel free to submit additional comments and ideas about GIP implementation.  Please email Brittany at balong@harfordcountymd.gov with your suggestions or questions.