NATURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES
The significant natural and environmental resources that are present in the greater Shepherdstown area are closely guarded by the community. Town residents embrace natural assets for their intrinsic values, contributions to quality of life, and ability to draw visitors to enjoy the region’s natural beauty. The community understands that the forests, farm fields, waterways, and the flora and fauna that they support, are irreplaceable assets that must be protected and conserved.
From protecting farmland from development, to improving the quality of the water in Town Run and the Potomac, to embracing walking and riding bikes to improve air quality, the community has already taken major steps toward realizing a future in which there is balance between the town and the surrounding natural landscape. This long term vision of balance and sustainability is critical to the success of the town, and a dedication to this ideal will help the community distinguish itself in coming years as it competes for residents, businesses and jobs that also embrace environmental sustainability practices.
Moving forward, the town should take a holistic approach to evaluating its actions, whether in terms of development activity occurring in town or how it provides services, to ensure that it is moving along the path of sustainability and protecting the environment in everything that it does.