Landscape-scale conservation in urban areas can be challenging due to small parcel sizes and other complex urban issues. Meanwhile, urban ecosystems provide important ecosystem services for citizens living in cities. This proposal develops approaches for working with multiple landowners on common environmental goals.
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This project leverages YardMap, a social network for people interested in urban backyard habitat, by working with groups of neighboring property owners to manage their individual properties based on common, consensus-based goals. This project will develop outreach, community-based strategies, and community planning and design methods and tools by working with three communities in New York state to develop schematic plans that seek to enhance the condition of urban habitats on properties of participating landowners for neighborhood-scale benefits.