Planning for the Future


For more than 14,000 years, humans have benefited from the Blackstone River Valley, gaining sustenance, business opportunity and recreational enjoyment and, in some cases, making decisions that adversely impacted the environment. In the 21st century, we live in a time of reversing the poor decisions of the past and adding value to the landscape by preserving its natural and historic resources, providing new amenities that allow enjoyment of those resources, and planning for future generations. As the BHC staff community planner Megan DiPrete says, “Proper prior planning prevents poor performance.”

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

-Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

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