To promote a regional greenway network that protects natural, cultural, and scenic resources; provides
recreational benefits; enhances natural beauty; improves environmental quality; and stimulates economic
To provide a comprehensive regional planning tool for government agencies and others involved in land use
planning, natural areas preservation, transportation and recreation.
To coordinate transportation planning with the greenways planning process.
To reduce conflicts with development activities and offset the negative and costly impacts of urban sprawl.
Education Increases the level of understanding regarding the importance and value of greenways and
encourages stewardship of natural and cultural resources.
Natural Area Protection Provides a resource for community leaders, organizations, and individuals making
decisions about which natural areas should be protected.
Identifies the high quality outdoor recreational resources that define the character of the region.
Provides a means by which the numerous government agencies in the two counties
can coordinate their efforts in regard to greenway protection. This allows for a continuing forum for discussion
among governmental jurisdictions and the private sector. This also coordinates land acquisition plans among
government agencies and assists these agencies in allocating resources for natural areas and trails.
Provides a tool to help communities guide growth and development away from valuable
natural resources and toward existing infrastructure.
Promotes natural and outdoor recreation areas improve our quality of life, help retain
our current populace, and attract others who desire to live in an area with high-quality outdoor recreational
Promotes corridors along waterways that create an interconnected network of greenways
that supports wildlife habitats and maintains ecological processes. Plants and animals must be able to move
around in order to survive. Greenways provide that connection.
Encourage greenway protection that will reduce flood damage, improve water quality,
and provide areas that can recharge underground aquifers.
Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Boone County Soil & Water Conservation District
Boone County Conservation District
Winnebago County Forest Preserve District
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Rockford Park District
Belvidere Park District
Winnebago County Soil & Water Conservation District