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Nature-Friendly Communities presents an authoritative and readable overview of the successful approaches to protecting biodiversity and natural areas in America's growing communities. Addressing the crucial issues of sprawl, open space, and political realities, Chris Duerksen and Cara Snyder explain the most effective steps that communities can take to protect nature.
The book: documents the broad range of benefits, including economic impacts, resulting from comprehensive biodiversity protection efforts; identifies and disseminates information on replicable best community practices; establishes benchmarks for evaluating community biodiversity protection programs.
Nine comprehensive case studies of communities explain how nature protection programs have been implemented. From Austin and Baltimore to Tucson and Minneapolis, the authors explore how different cities and counties have taken bold steps to successfully protect natural areas. Examining program structure and administration, land acquisition strategies and sources of funding, habitat restoration programs, social impacts, education efforts, and overall results, these case studies lay out perfect examples that other communities can easily follow. Among the case study sites are Sanibel Island, Florida; Austin, Texas; Baltimore County, Maryland; Charlotte Harbor, Florida; and Teton County, Wyoming.
Nature-Friendly Communities offers a useful overview of the increasing number of communities that have established successful nature protection programs and the significant benefits those programs provide. It is an important new work for public officials, community activists, and anyone concerned with understanding or implementing local or regional biodiversity protection efforts.
"For the legion of readers who need no more convincing that the environment is in serious trouble, this book of American 'can do, how to' success stories will be a relief as well as a rousing inspiration for like action."
Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard University
"Damaging development practices cause environmental problems. But human communities don't have to be destructive. Nature-Friendly Communities explains how to put people and places in harmony. It contains sensible, useful information that will conserver habitat for future generations while improving the quality of life for people from downtowns to suburbs."
Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico
"The greening of local government is the most exciting conservation trend of our time. The profiles in this book are an invitation to begin changing your community."
Bruce Babbitt, Former Secretary of the Interior and Governor of Arizona
"There are gems among American communities in terms of environmental practices. Lessons can be learned and replicated. Christopher Duerksen and Cara Snyder have found those gems and identified the practices in this optimistic book. Replication is up to the rest of us."
W. Paul Farmer, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, American Planning Association
Chapter 1. The Benefits of Nature Protection
Chapter 2. Key Program Elements and Best Tools: Major Case Studies
Chapter 3. Austin, Texas: Two for the Price of One—Protecting Water Quality and Habitat through Land Acquisition
Chapter 4. Baltimore County, Maryland: Using the Entire Toolkit for Habitat Protection
Chapter 5. Dane County, Wisconsin: Stopping Sprawl and Promoting Infill
Chapter 6. Eugene, Oregon: Shining Star of Wetlands Preservation
Chapter 7. Fort Collins and Larimer County, Colorado: A Tale of Two Jurisdictions
Chapter 8. Pima County, Arizona: Planning for and Investing in Habitat Protection
Chapter 9. Placer County, California: Leaving a Legacy
Chapter 10. Sanibel, Florida: Do Enjoy, Don't Destroy
Chapter 11. Twin Cities Region, Minnesota: Toward Regional Habitat Conservation: Focused Case Studies
Chapter 12. Bath Township, Ohio: Riparian Overlay District
Chapter 13. Charlotte Harbor, Florida: Ambitious Regional Critical Area Protection Program
Chapter 14. Chicago Wilderness: Biodiversity Recovery Plan
Chapter 15. DeKalb County, Georgia: Greenspace Program
Chapter 16. Farmington Valley, Connecticut: A Valley's Biodiversity Project
Chapter 17. King County, Washington: Benchmark Program
Chapter 18. Pittsford, New York: Greenprint for a Town's Future
Chapter 19. Powell County, Montana: Rural County Wildlife Protection
Chapter 20. Teton County, Wyoming: Natural Resource Overlay District
Chapter 21. Traverse Bay Area, Michigan: New Designs for Growth
Chapter 22. Loudoun County, Virginia: Green Infrastructure Meets Green Money