An Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) helps a community to act strategically to protect and enhance the natural, cultural, and recreational resources they value most, makes them eligible to receive LAND (Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity) and PARC (Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations) grants from Massachusetts Division of Conservation Services, and increases their ranking for other competitive state grants.
Climate resiliency needs and projects can be articulated in a community’s OSRP, which makes sense when discussing ways to protect and strengthen the climate resiliency of forests, agricultural lands, rivers and wildlife habitat for example. Exploring options for providing residents relief from excessive heat, such as swimming areas or parks with trees and spray pools, can be identified in an OSRP.
FRCOG’s approved OSRP template includes climate change information and incorporates related resiliency projects from a community’s Hazard Mitigation Plan and Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Plan.
MA Division of Conservation Services Grant Sources
- Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) Grant Program
- Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) Grant Program
Land Conservation Tools
An Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) helps a community to act strategically to protect and enhance the natural, cultural, and recreational resources they value most, makes them eligible to…
Kimberly MacPhee, P.G., CFM