To preserve the region’s highest-priority natural and agricultural areas, stakeholders must pursue conservation strategies and also promote reinvestment in existing communities. While preservation decisions are often driven by opportunity, strategic frameworks like the ON TO 2050 Conservation Areas local strategy map and the Green Infrastructure Vision{{Chicago Wilderness, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and The Conservation Fund, “Green Infrastructure Vision 2.2 Refinement,” 2012, http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/programs/sustainability/open-space/green-infrastructure-vision.}} can help maximize the benefits of land protection by assisting the coordination of different actors and funding streams, particularly at the region’s developing edge. In addition, sensitive development techniques such as conservation design in these locations can help ensure preservation of high-quality natural assets as well as continuity and connectivity of natural areas via open space corridors, which is critical to protecting native species and systems.

Reinvestment efforts, which focus growth in areas with existing infrastructure, housing stock, transportation access, and services, can help reduce development pressures on natural and agricultural lands and revitalize disinvested( A persistent, long-term lack of market investment, measured by a long term loss of jobs, low levels...
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areas as well as remediate brownfields and other barriers to infill development. In fact, redevelopment can significantly improve the environmental performance of communities and reap co-benefits. Integrating green infrastructure into the redevelopment process can result in additional parks and open spaces, tree-lined streets, and stormwater management. Combined, these investments provide places for recreation, habitats for native flora and fauna, air pollutant filtration, flood reduction, urban heat island mitigation, and groundwater recharge, while at the same time creating more desirable, healthy, and resilient communities.