Interview with Nancy Williamson and Steven Byers - 11:00
Nancy Williamson and Steven Byers presented at the recent Green Infrastructure Conference on how the Chicago Wilderness Alliance has been to assemble a large multi-partner alliance that has conserved over 350,000 acres of connected green spaces to conserve water and air quality, wildlife habitat, and public recreation areas for citizens in and around the Chicago metropolitan area.
Chicago Wilderness Alliance
Chicago Wilderness is a regional alliance that connects people and nature. We are more than 250 organizations that work together to restore local nature and improve the quality of life for all who live here, by protecting the lands and waters on which we all depend. Our four key initiatives—to restore the health of local nature, green infrastructure, combat climate change, and leave no child inside—reflect our commitment to using science and emerging knowledge, as well as a collaborative approach to conservation, to benefit all the region’s residents.
The members of Chicago Wilderness include local, state and federal agencies, large conservation organizations, cultural and education institutions, volunteer groups, municipalities, corporations, and faith-based groups.
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Audio Interview with Sherry Ruther, Pima County Government, Arizona - 30:00
Sherry Ruther is the Natural Resource Manager for Development for Pima County, Arizona. At the recent "Green Infrastructure Conference", the Service interviewed Ms. Ruther to learn why and how Pima County took this broad, regional approach to conserving not only the endangered ferruginous pymgy owl, but the many other unique and valued natural resources of the Tucson area. Their 'lessons learned' may be of interest to other municipalities and resource groups looking to improve natural resource planning.
Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan
Tucson Arizona - Pima County
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