How are greenways designed? What situations leadto their genesis, and what examples best illustratetheir potential for enhancing communities and theenvironment? Designing greenways is a key to protectinglandscapes, allowing wildlife to move freely,and finding appropriate ways to bring people intonature. This book brings together examples fromecology, conservation biology, aquatic ecology, andrecreation design to illustrate how greenways functionand add value to ecosystems and human communitiesalike.Encompassing everything from urban trail corridors to river floodplainsto wilderness-like linkages, greenways preserve or improve theintegrity of the landscape, not only by stemming the loss of naturalfeatures, but also by engendering new natural and social functions.From 19th-century parks and parkways to projects still on the drawingboards, Designing Greenways is a fascinating introduction to the possibilities—and pitfalls—involved in these ambitious projects. As townsand cities look to greenways as a new way of reconciling man andnature, designers and planners will look to Designing Greenways as aninvaluable compendium of best practices.