- Week One: Why the National Wildlife Refuge System Needs Successful Urban Refuges
- Week Two: Becoming Part of the Community Fabric
- Week Three: Compelling Urban Citizen Science
- Week Four: Lessons Learned from Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Welcome to our Bringing Conservation to Cities book discussion. Author and FWS refuge manager John Hartig will moderate this discussion with one essay a week and you the reader can participate in a discussion here by commenting and John and other readers will respond. Note the question(s) to prime the discussion flow. The month long uban conservation conversation is framed around the following topics:
Monday, June 15, 2015
Coming in July: Bringing Conservation to Cities: Lessons from Building the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge by John H. Hartig
Bringing Conservation to Cities is the story of how innovative partnerships are making nature part of everyday urban life in the automobile capitals of the U.S. and Canada in an effort to inspire and develop the next generation of conservationists in urban areas because that is where 80% of U.S. and Canadian citizens live.
Dr. John Hartig is trained as a limnologist with 30 years of experience in Great Lakes science and natural resource management. He currently serves as Refuge Manager for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and serves on the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Board of Directors. From 1999 to 2004 he served as River Navigator for the Greater Detroit American Heritage River Initiative established by Presidential Executive Order. Prior to becoming River Navigator, he spent 12 years working for the International Joint Commission on the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. John has been an Adjunct Professor at Wayne State University where he taught Environmental Management and Sustainable Development, and has served as President of the International Association forGreat Lakes Research. He has authored or co-authored over 100 publications on the environment, including four books: Bringing Conservation to Cities: Lessons from Building the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (2014; Ecovision World Monograph Series, Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society, Ontario); Burning Rivers: Revival of Four Urban Industrial Rivers that Caught on Fire (2010; Ecovision World Monograph Series, Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society, Ontario); Honoring Our Detroit River, Caring for Our Home (2003; Cranbrook Institute of Science, Michigan); and Under RAPs: Toward Grassroots Ecological Democracy in the Great Lakes Basin (1992; University of Michigan Press, Michigan). His book titled Burning Rivers was a 2011 Green Book Festival winner in the “scientific” category and a 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist in the “science/nature/environment” category. John has received a number of awards for his work, including the 2013 Conservation Advocate of the Year Award from the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the 2012 Outstanding Environmental Professional of the Year Award from the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals, a 2010 Green Leaders Award from the Detroit Free Press, a 2005 White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation Award for Outstanding Leadership and Collaboration in the Great Lakes, the 2003 Anderson-Everett Award from the International Association for Great Lakes Research, and the 1993 Sustainable Development Award for Civic Leadership from Global Tomorrow Coalition.
Be here July 1! [Editor's Note: John Hartig hosted a WildRead discussion back in 2012 with his book Burning Rivers: Revival of Four Urban Industrial Rivers That Caught on Fire]
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