Greenways Defined

GREENWAYS DEFINED

Exciting things are happening in the Mid South; some might call it a phenomenon, and one word is on everyone’s lips: greenways. But do you know what greenways are?

WHAT IS A GREENWAY?

Any natural or landscaped course for walking, biking, and other recreational use that links parks, nature reserves, cultural features, and/or historic sites with each other and with populated areas

WHAT IS GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE?

Not just a system of greenways, green infrastructure encompasses our world’s natural life support system. A green infrastructure network (our major goal) is an interconnected network of waterways, wetlands, woodlands, wildlife habitats, and other natural areas; greenways, parks, and other conservation lands; working farms, ranches, and forest; and wilderness and other open spaces that support native species, maintain natural ecological processes, sustain air and water resources, and contribute to the health and quality of life for communities and people. A system of greenways only truly benefits recreation, we want to move beyond recreation to enhance the ecological and natural resource benefits provided by our natural environment.

WHAT IS A GREENPRINT?

A plan that identifies green infrastructure resources within a community, region, or state and describes the methods that will be used to protect, restore and maintain those resources for the benefit of nature and people The plan then guides the development of a network that links conservation areas and other types of open spaces to maximize natural functions of the landscape and diverse benefits to communities

WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?

These definitions are based upon the research of Ed McMahon & Mark A Benedict in their book, Green Infrastructure, that is widely considered the essential introduction to the subject.

You can also download our Green Infrastructure 101: The Fundamentals presentation and pamphlet and share this information with your family, fiends, or professional organization.

Green Infrastructure Fundamentals Pamphlet

Green Infrastructure Fundamentals Presentation