nature in the city

I once edited a book by the poet Michael McClure called Scratching the Beat Surface. One of Michael’s premises was that the natural world can be appreciated even in urban areas.

The screenshot above links to the website of Nature in the City, whose mission is “to conserve and restore the nature and biodiversity of San Francisco and connect people with nature where they live.” This initiative is a a project of the Earth Island Institute.

Don’t hold the organization’s arithmetical limitations against it. According to the website, Corresponding to the strategies for achieving our mission, our three major program areas are:

  1. Public Education
  2. Habitat Restoration & Community Stewardship
  3. Natural Resources Management
  4. Conservation Advocacy

These are worthy programs, however you add them up.