Green Infrastructure

Green infrastructure is defined as a an interconnected system of natural areas and open space that conserves ecosystem values, helps sustain clean air and water, and provides benefits to people and wildlife (Benedict and McMahon 2006). Green Infrastructure can be applied on the landscape scale or as an individual green design on the local scale, which could include green roofs, bio swales, and pervious pavement.

Multiple state and local partners have been utilizing a green infrastructure approach on the landscape scale in coastal Georgia. Rapid development in this region has led to the loss of natural areas, fragmentation, degradation of water resources, and increased cost of public services. A Green Infrastructure (GI) strategy is one of the best ways to protect and manage this region's diverse natural resources for present and future generations. The Georgia Forestry Commission and its partners will continue to maintain and develop GI planning systems for all coastal communities.

A proactive Green Infrastructure approach can provide numerous benefits to a community by protecting critical habitats and dwindling water resources, sustaining forest resources, and allowing natural systems to remain functional, in turn saving communities millions of dollars.


Green infrastructure  Coastal Georgia Green Infrastructure guidelines, maps, and tools

Urban Forest Systems and Green Stormwater Infrastructure is a resource manual developed by the USDA Forest Service's National Urban Forest Technology and Science Delivery Team that focuses on the effects of trees on urban stormwater runoff. It provides a synthesis of the science around how urban trees help mitigate problems associated with stormwater runoff. This resource is designed to provide urban foresters and natural resource managers some helpful urban forest management strategies to maximize stormwater benefits. Several tree crediting tools and case studies are also provided to help state and local governments better account for the stormwater benefits of urban forests as it relates to reducing stormwater volume and pollutant loading.