Presentation at the 2013 National Audubon conference

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A presentation about neighborhoods and urban forest protection in the Seattle area. This presentation highlights many aspects of the urban forest and neighborhood livability, culminating with a brief overview of an innovative project we branded "tree census," where neighbors can walk their neighborhood and record vital information about trees along their streets and in their backyards. The goal is to have a tree census for the entire City of Seattle online.

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Presentation at the 2013 National Audubon conference

  1. 1. Urban Habitat: Birds, Backyards and Neighbors Promoting our Interconnections Matthew Mega, AICP July 13, 2013 1
  2. 2. 2000 and 2004 Advocacy 101 classes 2003 Gardening for Life 2005 Seattle Urban Nature Habitat Map 2007 Riparian project 2012 Seattle Forest Canopy Cover 2013 Seattle Tree Inventory VISION: Interconnected corridors of urban habitat 2
  3. 3. The Individual Backyard 3
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  6. 6. The Collective Backyard 6
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  8. 8. Interconnected Urban Corridors Citywide and Neighborhood Backyards 8
  9. 9. Urban Greenway Backyard Wildlife City Park High Density Development with Creek Restoration Public Utilities Land
  10. 10. Provide Information Awareness Appreciation / Understanding Sense of Stewardship Engagement 10
  11. 11. Photo by Tom Sanders
  12. 12. Canopy Connections • Inventory: collect, analyze and disseminate data on the urban forest (tree census and canopy analysis). • Enhance: identify habitat improvement opportunities and promote activities that enhance wildlife corridors or neighborhoods with low tree canopy. • Outreach: Advocate for regulations and their enforcement. Create incentives. Help promote planning efforts like the Urban Forest Management Plan. Talk to your neighbors 12
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  15. 15. • Keep the big Picture in View • Engage neighbors in their backyard first • Help them see their neighborhood is a collective backyard • Creative solutions are possible 15
  16. 16. "When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.“ -John Muir 16

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