Habitat loss has been at the forefront of conservation and is recognized as one of the leading threats to wildlife. Habitat loss occurs in a myriad of ways including the invasion and spread of non-native vegetation, habitat shifting due to climate change, urbanization, and indirect loss through fragmentation and urban blight. Existing urban and suburban areas have already been heavily developed over the past century, leading to large amounts of habitat loss and degradation. Human population growth within the United States is predicted to lead to 11 ?megaregions? by 2050; areas expected to span thousands of square miles across multiple states linking economies, cultures, and environmental systems. However, stories of restoration of impacted habitats abound. Usually, effective urban restoration can start with one enthusiastic individual. Through hard work and relentless perseverance, these individuals build momentum for a restoration project, identify support groups and funding, and affect change in their communities. Unfortunately, many enthusiastic individuals don?t know where to start, what to expect, or how to work through the challenges they face. This workshop will showcase successful urban restoration projects throughout the United States, identify challenges and how they were overcome, identify how momentum was built and sustained, and highlight the natural resource and cultural impacts of these restoration projects on their communities. Workshop attendees will be given the tools necessary to affect change and help sustain broader urban habitat restoration in their communities.
Organizers: Tony Henehan, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Weslaco, TX; Richard Heilbrun, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, San Antonio, TX
Supported by: Urban Wildlife Working Group