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TUNE IN to Wildoak Living Monday, September 14 at 9am: Natural Infrastructures - PLUS VALLEY FIRE UPDATE AND HOW WE CAN HELP

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Join Johanna "Wildoak" for Wildoak Livingthe radio program about living sustainably in Mendocino County and beyond.


The next program will air live Monday, Sep 14 at 9am PT

on Mendocino County Public Broadcasting (KZYX)

and on the web at http://www.kzyx.org/


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UDATE: In addition to the regularly scheduled topic below, Lorraine Dechter from the KZYX News Department will join me at 9:40 to provide us with an update on the Valley Fire in Lake County and we'll talk about how we can provide help as a community to those who are losing their homes to this devastating fire. 

Conservation for Cities:

How to Plan and Build Natural Infrastructures


This week Johanna talks with Nature Conservancy senior scientist Robert McDonald, author of the new book Conservation for Cities: How to Plan and Build Natural Infrastructure. 


Robert McDonald argues that it's time to think differently about cities and nature. Understanding how to better connect our cities with the benefits nature provides will be increasingly important as people migrate to cities and flourish in them. All this urban growth, along with challenges of adapting to climate change, will require a new approach to infrastructure if we're going to be successful. Yet guidance on how to plan and implement projects to protect or restore natural infrastructure is often hard to come by.


With Conservation for Cities, Robert McDonald offers a comprehensive framework for maintaining and strengthening the supporting bonds between cities and nature through innovative infrastructure projects. After presenting a broad approach to incorporating natural infrastructure priorities into urban planning, he focuses each following chapter on a specific ecosystem service. He describes a wide variety of benefits, and helps practitioners answer fundamental questions:

- What are the best ecosystem services to enhance in a particular city or neighborhood?

- How might planners best combine green and grey infrastructure to solve problems facing a city?

- What are the regulatory and policy tools that can help fund and implement projects?

- Finally, McDonald explains how to develop a cost-effective mix of grey and green infrastructure and offers targeted advice on quantifying the benefits.

With over 95% of people living in urban areas, California is the most urbanized state in the country. Despite this, cities like San Francisco still heavily depend on nature to provide benefits from mental health to clean water to property values. Robert McDonald argues to keep cities livable in the wake of population growth and climate change, we need to bring nature back into cities. He explores how in his new book and we will discuss how natural infrastructure can make cities more resilient and livable, using the city of San Francisco as an example. 

  • How clean water—and the Hetch Hetchy forests—are threatened by increasing wildfire frequency due to climate change and what their loss means for the environment;
  • How natural infrastructure projects, like the Mokelumne Water Fund and the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration, make San Francisco more livable and resilient by securing water and providing flood protection;
  • How an underserved neighborhood across the Bay, in Richmond, is protecting itself from sea level rise using the ecosystems in their backyard; and
  • The benefits of natural infrastructure, such as the Yolo Bypass—a floodplain that protects Sacramento from dangerous flooding and provides a wildlife habitat.

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How to listen to WILDOAK LIVING:

Listen to Wildoak Living live every other Monday at 9am Pacific Time on KZYX (Mendocino County Public Broadcasting) 

  • on the radio at 88.1, 90.7 and 91.5 in Mendocino County and in Northern Sonoma,
    Lake and Southern Humboldt counties
  • and on the web at www.kzyx.org

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