The City of Fort Collins’ Nature in the City program was selected through an internationally competitive process to be featured as a Success Story on NatureForAll’s website, http://www.natureforall.global/success-stories/
. The movement, #NatureForAll, is meant to inspire a love for nature. The website is sponsored by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to inspire a new generation of thinkers and doers across all sectors of society to connect with nature and take action to support its conservation. Nature in the City seeks to increase people’s connection to nature while enhancing wildlife habitat through innovative partnerships, policies, and projects http://www.fcgov.com/natureinthecity/
Nature in the City's vision is a connected open space network accessible to the entire community that provides a variety of experiences and functional habitat for people, plants, and wildlife. It has three goals:
• Easy access to nature- Ensure every resident is within a ten minute walk to nature from their home or workplace.
• High quality natural spaces- Conserve, create, and enhance natural spaces to provide diverse social and ecological opportunities.
• Land stewardship- Shift landscape aesthetics to more diverse forms that support healthy environments for people and wildlife.
The IUCN recognized that Nature in the City shares the very simple idea that the more people experience, connect with, and share their love of nature, the more support there will be for its conservation. Success stories were chosen from different regions of the world to represent a range of innovative nature connection strategies.
Created in 1948, the Swiss-based IUCN is the world’s largest environmental network, including more than 1,300 member organizations and 16,000 international experts. The IUCN includes government and non-governmental organizations with the knowledge and tools that enable simultaneous human progress, economic development, and nature conservation.
The mission of the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department is to conserve and enhance lands with natural resource, agricultural and scenic values, while providing meaningful education and appropriate recreation opportunities. Thank you voters! Your citizen-initiated city and county sales taxes fund the Natural Areas Department including land conservation and stewardship.