Alex Palmer's Natural History Notes and Thoughts

Thoughts and reflections on various social and environmental issues, as well as naturalist observations from the great outdoors.

Alex Palmer's Natural History Notes and Thoughts

This blog post will continually be updated and edited as needed.  

In a country growing in its urban population, it can be said that the idea of parks and trails has become less of a luxury or recreational entity and more of an apparatus for biodiversity protection and sustained economic vitality.  Not only is there more of a demand for parks and trails, but connectivity between different parks and different trails has become the goal of numerous land management agencies across the United States.  For example, the Greater Cleveland area of Ohio has a system of parks and trails known as the “Emerald Necklace” which consists of large nature parks connected by parkways and trails that meander in and out of the city and its suburbs.  These “greenway corridors” allow seamless hiking and biking opportunities for area residents.  They also create a continuous stretch of protected naturalized land for birds and wildlife.  Having a continuous stretch of protected natural resources…

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