Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities


Jim Howe, Ed McMahon & Luther Propst
Format: Soft Cover
Length: 175 pages
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1559635452
Copyright: 1997

Increasing numbers of Americans are fleeing cities and suburbs for the small towns and open spaces that surround national and state parks, wildlife refuges, historic sites, and other public lands. With their scenic beauty and high quality of life, these "gateway communities" have become a magnet for those looking to escape the congestion and fast tempo of contemporary American society.

Yet without savvy planning, gateway communities could easily meet the same fate as the suburban communities that were the promised land of an earlier generation. This volume can help prevent that from happening.

The authors offer practical and proven lessons on how residents of a gateway community can protect a community's identity while stimulating a healthy economy and safeguarding nearby natural and historic resources. They describe economic development strategies, land-use planning processes, and conservation tools that communities all over the country have found effective. Each strategy or process is explained with specific examples, and numerous profiles and case studies clearly demonstrate how different communities have coped with the challenges of growth and development. Among the cities profiled are Boulder, Colorado; Townsend and Pittman Center, Tennessee; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Tyrrell County, North Carolina; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Sanibel Island, Florida; Calvert County, Maryland; Tuscon, Arizona; and Mount Desert Island, Maine.

Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities provides important lessons in how to preserve the character and integrity of communities and landscapes without sacrificing local economic well-being. It is an important resource for planners, developers, local officials, and concerned citizens working to retain the high quality of life and natural beauty of these cities and towns.


“Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities highlights the practical, offers specific prescriptions, and emphasizes the positive opportunities of managing change in places where people really want to visit or settle.”
-- William K. Reilly, former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

“This book is essential for anyone concerned with preserving community character and healthy natural systems while promoting a vibrant local economy.”
-- Lucy Blake, President, Sierra Business Council

“Park and refuge managers need to build partnerships beyond their boundaries if they’re going to protect what is inside them. Their future conservation successes will depend on honest dialogue and a genuine effort to involve local communities. This book tells us who is setting the standard for these partnerships.”
-- George T. Frampton, Jr., former Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, and former President of The Wilderness Society

About the Authors

Jim Howe is director of conservation programs at The Nature Conservancy, Central and Western New York Chapter in Rochester, New York.

Ed McMahon is director of the American Greenways Program at the Conservation Fund in Arlington, Virginia.

Luther Propst is executive director of the Sonoran Institute in Tucson, Arizona.

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