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What is a conservation area?

A conservation area is land that is undeveloped and is maintained in its natural state such as forest, salt marsh, tidal mud flat, wetlands, watersheds and water supply land.

In urban areas, conservation areas can be meadows, pond buffers, pollinator or wildflower plantings. A naturally vegetated zone along a pond or shoreline prevents erosion, filters runoff and protects water quality. 

Why is this a conservation area?

Conservation areas are a best management practice (BMP) that provides habitat for wildlife and water quality benefits by preventing nutrients and sediment from entering waterways. 

Why does it look so untidy and unruly?

These natural areas require less water, fertilizer and maintenance so they save property owners time and money. Pond buffers serve a dual purpose by improving water quality and deterring geese. Conservation areas provide food and shelter for wildlife and help birds and insects overwinter safely.