Protected open space provides many benefits to a community. West Vincent Township has dedicated tax revenue that can only be used for the purpose of preserving open space. By figuring out why we want to preserve open space, we can figure out which properties will best meet our needs and the best methods used to protect them. Here is a list of some of the reasons to preserve open space. Please rank each category with a degree of importance to you, with one (1) representing the lowest importance and ten (10) representing the highest importance. The Open Space Review Board of the Township is a committee charged with prioritizing open space projects and will use this information to form recommendations to the West Vincent Township Board of Supervisors. We appreciate your input!

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* 1. Cleaner water and air

Plants, especially trees, microorganisms, and invertebrates remove pollutants from our air and water.

Chester County Return on Environment Report May 2019, Chapter 3 Environment: http://chescoplanning.org/openspace/roe.cfm

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* 2. Scenic vistas

Preserving scenic attributes open space provides enhances the quality of place in your community, and allows one to experience these views from a car, walking, or hiking.

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* 3. Carbon sequestration

Trees remove carbon out of the atmosphere.

Refer to Chester County Return on Environment Study May 2019, Chapter 3 Environment, Page 61, http://chescoplanning.org/openspace/roe.cfm

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* 4. Public Trails

Research shows access to public trails improves the mental and physical health of a community.

Refer to Chester County Return on Environment Study May 2019, Chapter 4 Recreation & Health: http://chescoplanning.org/openspace/roe.cfm

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* 5. Pollinator Support

Pollinators, especially bees, pollinate 65% of our food crop, and their numbers are decreasing at an alarming rate. 

Refer to Chester County Return on Environment Report May 2019, Chapter 3, Environment, http://chescoplanning.org/openspace/roe.cfm

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* 6. Lower taxes

Fewer houses mean a lower demand for public services.

Refer to Chester County Return on Environment Report May 2019, Chapter 5, Economic Activity: http://chescoplanning.org/openspace/roe.cfm

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* 7. Wildlife Habitat

Wildlife need connected areas of woods and open spaces to thrive.

Refer to Chester County Return on Environment Report May 2019, Chapter 3, Environment: http://chescoplanning.org/openspace/roe.cfm

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* 8. Higher property values

Research shows that proximity to protected open space increases property values.

Refer to Chester County Return on Environment Report May 2019, Chapter 2 Property Value: http://chescoplanning.org/openspace/roe.cfm

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* 9. Flooding and stormwater runoff

Mature trees intercept 25 to 35 percent of rainwater.

Refer to the Chester County Water Resources Authority: https://www.chesco.org/158/Water-Resources-Authority

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* 10. Native Wildflower and Plant Support

Our native plants, including trees, are disappearing.

Why Native Plants Matter - https://www.audubon.org/content/why-native-plants-matter

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* 11. Preserving historic places

We can preserve historic settings and places.

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* 12. Bird Habitat

Wildlife need connected open spaces and woods to thrive.

Refer to PA Audubon Society: http://pa.audubon.org/

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* 13. Farmland preservation

Farming helps to support the local economy and a long standing tradition in many communities.

Refer to the Chester County Return on Environment Report, Chapter 1, Introduction, Importance of Agriculture, http://chescoplanning.org/openspace/roe.cfm

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* 14. Additional Comments

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* 15. What is your interest in West Vincent Township?

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