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March 11, 2019| Cities
Photo by Zhivko Illeieff

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July 30, 2018| Cities

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April 20, 2018| Cities
The Atlanta BeltLine provides a great place to bike, walk your dog, or simply get outside for a stroll. Photo by Stacy Funderburke.

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October 23, 2017| Cities
Ginny Moore

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September 25, 2017| Cities
Houston, Texas

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July 17, 2017| Cities
Stacy Funderburke

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March 20, 2017| Cities
Shannon Lee and Michael Halicki

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October 24, 2016| Cities
Will Allen, Director of Strategic Conservation, The Conservation Fund

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August 15, 2016| Cities
Claire Robinson

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April 4, 2016| Cities
Will Allen directs the Fund's Strategic Conservation Planning team.

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September 28, 2015| Cities
Will Allen

When I started my career at The Conservation Fund about 20 years ago, cities and nature were usually seen as two separate things. Many strategic conservation planning efforts focused on finding the best places to protect nature from people. But as Dr. David Maddox, the founder of Nature in Cities accurately proclaims, “Cities are ecosystems of people, nature, and infrastructure.” Thankfully that reality is now being acknowledged and an exciting and expanding movement is emerging to connect people to nature and to invest in green infrastructure that helps make cities sustainable, resilient, and livable.

One strategy to link people and nature is through protection of nature next to cities—creating defined edges or transition zones between developed areas and their surrounding natural areas and working landscapes. Another strategy to link people and nature is through integration of nature into cities—purposefully protecting and restoring green infrastructure inside urban areas, including the reuse of vacant and underutilized lands. 

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