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The ecological system's purpose of a preserve is to provide permanent protection for significant natural areas within a targeted area. Usually it is natural area of land and/or water which has retained or re-established its natural character and may have unusual flora or fauna. These preserved lands are often referred to as protected areas or conservation areas.


Just as the name suggests, these locations are protected because of their recognized ecological, natural or cultural values. Conservation means to reduce the unnatural and extreme usage of natural resources and to use natural resources more efficiently; in particular, non-renewable resources. Preservation means to protect or save natural resources in the present for the purpose of using them in the future.


Additionally, the word is used to describe those special environmental places that have been thoughtfully protected and/or purposely planned to also provide natural respite areas for observational enjoyment and outdoor recreation either in/and nearby to our towns and cities.


The introductory remarks to the attached Outside Our Doors Report: The benefits of cities where people and nature thrive, references Fredrick Law Olmsted, Jr., John Nolen’s his mentor at Harvard University’s new formed School of Landscape Architecture, who introduced him to the idea that planners could unify the complex elements comprising the organic city.


From their introduction…

In 1865, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted was convinced that beautiful green spaces      should exist in cities for all to enjoy. He wrote, It is a scientific fact that the occasional contemplation   of natural scenes of an impressive favorable to the health and vigor of men and especially to the health and vigor of their intellect.


While Olmsted’s claim of science was based on intuition, he was on to something. Today, nearly 40 years of research reveal that nearby nature supports a wide range of positive health outcomes for people.


As natives of the Puget Sound region, we each have witnessed a place that has changed dramatically in recent decades—in culture, economy, and nature. Today it is a place of contrasts. It is a combination of bold, dramatic landscapes contrasted by rapidly growing cities that are testing sustainability innovations in ways that have captured the attention of other nations. It is a region that leads the country for economic growth but is still challenged to raise the economic standard for many underserved communities. It is a place that promotes the latest technology practices for commerce, medicine, and learning, and also sustains ancient cultures of numerous tribes that have called the Salish Sea home for millennia.


This report addresses these conditions and challenges. Many people recognize the restorative and therapeutic effects of nature, but many assume these benefits are found beyond the city—that one must travel out of the urban mix for positive experiences and benefits. In fact, there is a wealth of evidence that nature is critical within and around the city itself.


The evidence supporting how natural infrastructure helps people thrive is published across many journals representing numerous academic and scientific disciplines. It can be difficult to identify and access. By bringing together the information into a single document, our hope is this report will make it easier for communities to conserve and create high quality green spaces that support human health and wellbeing.


The Puget Sound is wonderfully different than the place either of us experienced as children. It is more complex, more diverse, and facing greater challenges. Like the generations that have come before us, we must apply the big thinking, imagination, and passionate energy the world has come to expect from the peoples of the Puget Sound.


We hope this report inspires efforts to integrate nature into our cities in ways that strengthen ecological services and make our neighborhoods greener, safer, more livable, more equitable, and more resilient.


As our region continues to grow, there is no better time to come together across sectors, embrace this approach as a norm and step up our commitment to ensuring the Puget Sound region thrives long into the future.

Our Canadian’s Top 10 Reasons for Protected Areas is excellent!!

Southside Saint Petersburg deserves the same opportunity!!


A sampling of our country’s preserves:

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