Benefits and Criteria

Benefits and Criteria

Benefits and Criteria

Benefit: Terrestrial (Land) Ecosystems

Criteria Required and Optional* Data Sources for Evaluation

Protects land within Conservation Lands Network (CLN)

  1. Essential
  2. Important,
  3. Fragmented, or
  4. For Further Consideration

Protects Bay Area Critical Linkage

Conservation Lands Network (CLN)

*Protects Other Critical Habitat

USFWS Critical Habitat Portal

Locally identified data

Benefit: Aquatic (Water) Ecosystems

Criteria Required and Optional* Data Sources for Evaluation

Protects wetlands identified in Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals

Protects subtidal Habitat identified in Subtidal Habitat Goals

EcoAtlas

Protects stream identified as a Stream Conservation Target in the CLN

Conservation Lands Network (CLN)

*Protects Other Important Features
e.g. Nationally Important Marine Features

Center for Ecosystem Management and Restoration

Benefit: Water Supply and Water Quality

Criteria Required Data Sources for Evaluation

Protect urban water supply

  • Reservoir Catchment Area
  • Aquifer recharge zone
  • Critical stream
  • Priority stream

Support watershed health

Bay Area Greenprint

USFWS Critical Habitat Portal

Benefit: Agricultural Resources and Economy

Criteria Required Data Sources for Evaluation

Supports agricultural economy/preserves land with soil important for food production

Bay Area Greenprint

Supportive of local or state agricultural policy

General Plans/Other Land Use Plans

Completes contiguous area of farm or grazing lands

Bay Area Greenprint

Supports production on soil with reduced environmental impacts from agriculture

Local Data

Benefit: Community Health

Criteria Required Data Sources for Evaluation

Improve access to neighborhood parks in areas with high park need

ParkScore® Index

Local Data/Analysis

Increase/complete urban tree canopy

Increase urban tree cover in areas expected to experience urban heat island effect

Local Data (e.g. tree inventories)

Heat Island Effect Source

Supports Local Climate Action Plan/Greening Plan Goals related to Urban Greening

Local Climate Action Plans

Increase tree canopy, food access, and/or park access in Community of Concern

MTC Communities of Concern

Benefit: Recreation

Criteria Required and Optional* Data Sources for Evaluation

Proposed Regional Trails

  • Bay Trail
  • Ridge Trail
  • Water Trail
  • Coastal Trail

Acreage of regional park added

*Local data sources

Bay Area Greenprint

Benefit: Climate and Resilience

Criteria Required Data Sources for Evaluation

Protect and/or Increase Areas with Carbon storage potential

Bay Area Greenprint

Conservation Lands Network (CLN)

Address Hazard Risk in Open Spaces (earthquake, flood, sea level rise)

ABAG Earthquake Mapping Update

Benefit: Compact Growth

Criteria Required and Optional* Data Sources for Evaluation

Protect land with open space benefits with high development pressure and adjacent open spaces

*Support stable urban edges

Bay Area Greenprint

Support adopted open space policy protection measures

Local General Plans