The benefits of being surrounded by a healthy natural environment include a clean and abundant supply of groundwater and surface water, clean air to breathe, and a good mix of terrestrial and aquatic habitats such as forests, prairies, and wetlands.
These features are necessary to promote a vibrant and diverse human, animal, and plant community. Although not always visible, their contribution to the quality of life enjoyed by Golden Valley residents is important.
More than one-third of all plant-based products consumed by humans depend on various pollinators. Insects like bees and butterflies, birds, and small mammals are critical to perpetuating and proliferating our food sources.