In this section we will examine the following five ideas across each of the three possible future scenarios:

  1. River Channel Complexity
  2. Agricultural Field Margins
  3. Oak Savannas
  4. Rural Development
  5. Urban Growth Boundaries

The three future scenarios are:

Plan Trend 2050 represents the expected future landscape if current policies are implemented as written and recent trends continue.
Development 2050 assumes current land use policies are relaxed and a greater reliance on market-oriented approaches to land and water use.
Conservation 2050 places greater emphasis on ecosystem protection and restoration, although still reflecting a plausible balance between ecological, social, and economic considerations.