The City’s Nature in the City program was recognized today as one of the top 25 programs recognized by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. The Center sponsors the Innovations in American Government Awards competition. Nature in the City is representing the top 2% of all initial applications.
Nature in the City is the next evolution in conservation in Fort Collins. The program seeks to increase people's connection to nature while enhancing wildlife habitat. To achieve this, Nature in the City activates innovative partnerships, policies, and projects. Nature in the City is housed within the Natural Areas Department and is guided by its Strategic Plan, adopted in 2015. 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. The goals of Nature in the City are:
• 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.
“These programs demonstrate that there are no prerequisites for doing the good work of governing” said Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in American Government Program at the Ash Center, “small towns and massive cities, huge federal agencies and local school districts, large budgets or no budgets at all — what makes government work best is the drive to do better, and this group proves that drive can be found anywhere.”
Please visit http://innovations.harvard.edu
to learn more about the Innovations in American Government Awards and http://www.fcgov.com/natureinthecity
to learn more about the Nature in the City program.