Getting outside is good for your physical and mental health. Physical activity, fresh air and natural light boost your mood and your immunity. That’s why preserving, protecting and growing our natural environment is critical to a high quality of life in Columbus.

Columbus relies on the department to be among the best in the country at applying evidence-based management to protect natural resources and provide quality outdoor experiences. Conservation efforts are broken into three areas:

Natural resource and asset management: Conserve, preserve and protect the City’s ecosystems, wildlife and cultural features.

Outdoor recreation and education: Connecting residents with opportunities to learn about our natural environment and the importance of conservation.

Field conservation: Preserving and protecting our natural environment through efforts such as invasive species removal and habitat plantings.