09 Feb '12, 11am

Urban outfitters: The Nature Conservancy goes to the city via @grist

Urban outfitters: The Nature Conservancy goes to the city via @grist

Can a group of fly fishermen and bird watchers find its way in the concrete jungle? When Bill Ulfelder looks out over the chiseled, concrete and glass landscape of New York City, he sees habitat — not just for people, but for critters, too. Ulfelder is the executive director of the Nature Conservancy in New York (the state, not just the city), and he is on the cutting edge of what could become a major shift for the world’s largest conservation group. The city’s parks and sidewalks, he says, are fertile ground for urban forests. Waterfront parks are prime real estate for marshlands. And all those rooftops? He imagines turning them into a system of “sky island” wildlife preserves. “There are 22,000 acres of roof space in the city. It’s essentially equivalent to another borough,” he says. “There’s a lot of talk about rooftop gardens and storm-water catchment. But this is also...

Full article: http://grist.org/cities/urban-outfitters-the-worlds-large...

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