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Living Spaces by Amy E. Lemen - Winter 2002
Imagine living someplace where open landscapes are the norm, rather than the exception. Where dense development and urban sprawl simply don't exist - or at least seem not to exist. Where water and other natural resources are used - then re-used - for the good of the land. And where native plant life not only contributes to the natural beauty, but also is essential for survival.
That scenario isn't just a dream. Several communities across the nation are taking the principles of conservation development and using them to make this dream a reality, and to become better stewards of the land.
"The land simply comes first in conservation development," says Sumner Swaner, land architect and president of Swaner Design in Salt Lake City, Utah. "You identify primary and secondary areas for conservation, then essentially develop around that. You get the desired result without excess human intervention."