What is an ERI?

“The Environmental Resource Inventory (ERI), also called Natural Resource Inventory (NRI), or Index of Natural Resources, is a compilation of text and visual information about the natural resource characteristics and environmental features of an area.”
Pondside no dumpinHarrington Park currently has an outdated ERI. A partial inventory of watershed properties only was done in 1992. Much has changed in our town since then and the Green Team and Environmental Commission have been working since 2011 to secure funding for a comprehensive assessment of what is now in Harrington Park. This is the first of a series of posts about the ongoing inventory.
“An ERI is an unbiased report of integrated data. It provides baseline documentation for measuring and evaluating resource protection issues. The ERI is an objective listing, rather than an interpretation or recommendation. Identifying significant environmental resources is the first step in their protection and preservation.”
The statements in quotes are from the ANJEC Resource Paper- The Environmental Resource Inventory:ERI http://www.anjec.org

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