Acres of Conserved Land
This indicator measures the total number of acres in the region used for land and water preservation (i.e., forest preserves, natural areas, and conservation easements). This measure does not include acres of recreational parkland in the region, land used for golf courses, unprotected farm land, or land used for historic preservation.
The 2025 target was developed by continuing a straight-line increase in acres of open space in the region based on the rate of land conservation from 2008 to 2017. The 2050 target matches the long-term target from GO TO 2040.
2025: 285,000 acres or more of conserved land
2050: 400,000 acres or more of conserved land