ATLANTA-Fulton County is targeting 68,000 acres under the state’s Greenspace Initiative to preserve and protect from future development. Unincorporated Fulton County will receive about $1.5 million in spring 2001. Civic leaders plan to make an effort to get Fulton County to provide matching grants and to lobby Congress for matching funds as well.

Atlanta, most of which is in Fulton County, received a separate grant under the Greenspace Initiative for $2.6 million. The county is already heavily developed and, like much of metro Atlanta, sadly lacking in parks and greenspace.

Last year Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes established the Greenspace Initiative, providing $30 million to the 40 fastest growing counties in the state. Georgia has 159 counties. The directive orders the counties to preserve 20% of their land for greenspace.

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