My entire life has been financed by the creation of places for people to live. As a birder, I am conservation-minded, so imagine the internal conflict I face. I deal with it my using my influence to keep habitat preservation in the forefront of our decision making. I have long believed that a community developed with the preservation of beautiful natural habitat benefits the quality of life and therefore increases property values. Now I have some support for my theory.
Here's a video from the Wall Street Journal. Unfortunately the news anchor lady didn't get it right and all the images they show weren't what the reporter was really talking about...but the study is very important for conservation-minded people to use when working with land developers.