Support Worcester Return on Environment Study

Support Worcester Return on Environment Study

From Friends of Worcester

We are raising money for a Return on Environment Study that will calculate the $ value of open space in Worcester Township, PA and the economic benefits nature provides to our rural-suburban community.

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The Case For Open Space: Support the Worcester Return on Environment Study

Be a champion for nature and our community – help us raise funds for a Worcester Return on Environment Study

Worcester Township is one of the few communities left in the Philadelphia suburbs that is still green. Residents and visitors alike are drawn here because of the abundant open space - including landmarks like Evansburg State Park, Peter Wentz Farmstead, and Merrymead Farm - scenic vistas, woodlands, trails, and active farms, that make the Township such a special place to live. 

For over 20 years, Friends of Worcester (FOW) has been working to preserve the Township’s open space and historic rural heritage.  As development pressures increase, the Township is at a crossroads and the rural character here could well be lost forever. 

Our open spaces are so much more than just aesthetically beautiful landscapes. They provide a high quality of life and significant economic, environmental, and public health benefits for the region.

John Rogers, of the Keystone Conservation Trust, is an environmental consultant who has conducted many Return on Environment (ROE) Studies for Counties and Townships across Pennsylvania quantifying the dollar value of nature and open spaces which demonstrate how “saving open space saves money”.

FOW is looking to have a ROE study prepared for Worcester. A ROE study will help us understand exactly what our open space is worth, and help us to make informed land use decisions in the future, so that Worcester can maintain its rural cultural heritage, sustain a strong economy, and continue to enhance the quality of life for its residents and the Philadelphia region.

Thank you for your support!

*Friends of Worcester is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit in the State of Pennsylvania. All contributions are tax deductible.

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