The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is proposing that land owned by MDOT (purchased as mitigation) be converted into an Urban Wildlife Refuge. Please find out more and submit comments by December 30: http://www.fws.gov/southeast/ProposedMSRefuge/ There will be more opportunities to comment after the Environmental Impact Statement is drafted.
Both urban forests and urban wilderness are good for the economics of an area. See these references: