New tool to assess open space

Tool provides map based modeling of ecosystem service benefits

PSRC has been working with The Trust for Public Land, U.S. Forest Service, University of Washington’s Green Futures Lab and many others to develop the Central Puget Sound Open Space Assessment Tool.

The new tool provides map based modeling of multiple ecosystem service benefits, which supports analysis at a variety of scales and geographies.

Ecosystem services are services that nature provides, such as clean drinking water and air, flood control, and recreational opportunities.

This GIS supported tool models the 12 ecosystems present in the Puget Sound region.

The tool can lay the foundation for a new approach to facilitating cross-boundary planning for the protection of the open space system in the Puget Sound region and beyond.

Fred Gifford, the Deputy Director of Conservation GIS for The Trust for Public Land, will be demonstrating the capability of this innovative conservation-planning tool at PSRC in Seattle on March 30 from 9 am to 11:30 am.

Presentations will also be made in Everett on 3/30 at 1 pm and Tacoma on 3/31 at 9 am.

If you would like to attend, please contact Erika Harris at 206-464-6360 or