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Old 09-17-2014, 03:53 PM   #15
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None of this means that I am against urban ecological initiatives. We need everyone involved. Half the earth to other species will need many places were sharing is necessary.

Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships

With 80% of the U.S. population currently residing in urban communities, the challenge to ensure our natural resources are conserved and valued by the American people has become even more complex. Demographically, over half of the population will be diverse by 2042. Young adults and children everywhere have different perceptions, values, and relationships with land and wildlife compared to previous generations. To ensure that we nurture a new conservation constituency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must promote strategies to engage these audiences in meaningful, collaborative ways that build sustainable, broad-based support for the their mission.

To address this challenge, the Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative implementation team has developed a framework to engage communities, where awareness of the Service is minimal to lacking, in order to encourage and nurture an appreciation of wildlife conservation to new audiences. The National Wildlife Refuge System is designating these “Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships” in eight demographically and geographically varied cities in 2013, with additional designations to follow by 2015. The team formally designated and announced the pilot Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships at the Urban Academy in September 2013, at the National Conservation Training Center.
"Half Earth Quest" Edward O. Wilson
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