Vicinities

Community participation is essential to a regional conservation plan for wildland and water habitats. Instead of county lines and other artificial limits, our land use planning method uses ridgelines to define boundaries, assisted by a Geographic Information System, maintained for the region. This alternative approach harmonizes with natural land characteristics to which people and wildlife adapt. Our community can then effectively review, plan and monitor activities in hydrologic units known as watersheds. Six major vicinities are delineated on the first map in this set in accord with the topography of the landscape and frequently used roads, to show planning areas convenient for public involvement. Two maps of the six vicinities are also shown here as examples.