Green Futures Design and Research Lab

Regional Open Space Strategy (ROSS)

The Puget Sound basin is facing significant ecological and economic pressures, which are predicted to be further exacerbated by increasing intensity of climate change impacts.  These stresses affect water quality and supply, fish, farm and forest production, flood and other environmental hazard vulnerability, economic opportunities and quality of life, and health of the region’s unique biodiversity.

The Central Puget Sound Regional Open Space Strategy (ROSS) is a critical and time-sensitive effort to stitch together the many activities underway to conserve and enhance open space the significantly contribute to the ecological, economic, social, health, recreational and aesthetic vitality of the Central Puget Sound region.  With leadership from the University of Washington GFL, Northwest Center for Livable Communities and assistance from the Bullitt Foundation, National Parks Service and an esteemed regionally-representative Executive Committee, this strategic work facilitates and directs an alliance between a broad spectrum of agencies and non-profit and private organizations to achieve a multi-dimensional, integrated set of priorities and tools for regional open space planning and stewardship in the Central Puget Sound.

Through this collaborative work the ROSS team is developing measures of ecosystem services provided by the regions open spaces, working with the trust for public land to develop a web portal and coalescing local grassroots open space strategies for the regions major watersheds, from wild to urban.

Central Puget Sound Regional Open Space Strategy
ROSS Executive Summary
Appendix A: Scoping Report
Appendix B: Technical Background Report
Appendix C: Preliminary Comprehensive Strategy
Appendix D: Addressing Regional Challenges through Open Space
D1: Synthesis
D2: Climate Change
D3: Biodiversity
D4: Social Equity
D5: Human Health
D6: Economic Development
Appendix E: Open Space Valuation Study for the Central Puget Sound Region
Appendix F: Ecosystem Service Fact Sheets
F1: Ecosystem Service Values Lost from Land Conversion in the Central Puget Sound Region
F2: Ecosystem Services Provided by Pierce County’s Green Y
F3: Return on Natural Capital Investment
F4: Bicycle and Pedestrian Trails Build Resilience and Offer Broad Benefit
Appendix G: Conversion to Conservation of Resource Lands
Appendix G: Brochure Conserving Resource Lands In Urbanizing Areas
Appendix H: Puyallup-White Watershed Open Space Strategy (WOSS)
Appendix I: Green/Duwamish Stakeholder Involvement
Appendix J: Snohomish Watershed Open Space Strategy
Appendix K: Regional Governance and Finance Report
Appendix L: Open Space Services Assessment Tool

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