The mission of the Urban Wilderness Project is to:
encourage urban and suburban communities to preserve, maintain and restore natural areas;
promote the establishment and preservation of uninterrupted environmental corridors between natural areas, especially along rivers and streams;
raise awareness about the importance of ecology and biodiversity in maintaining healthy, sustainable lifestyles wherever people live;
illustrate interconnections between the natural and built environments, between urban, suburban, and rural communities, and between wildlife and people;
inspire people to enjoy recreational opportunities afforded by the proximity of natural areas.
The value of Urban Wilderness
Promotes protection of natural areas to improve the quality of life for all people, wherever they live.
Showcases examples of environmental restoration and improvements to natural habitats.
Illustrates natural beauty available to all within urban regions.
Proposes a vision for sustainable living in urban areas.
Encourages people to recreate in and enjoy urban parks, rivers, and natural areas.
Outreach and Public Presentations
As Project Director, Eddee Daniel is available for presentations about the Urban Wilderness Project. These presentations are flexible. They may include a slide program along with an explanation of the project or a reading from the book, Urban Wilderness: Exploring a Metropolitan Watershed.
Presentations have been made to a wide variety of audiences at nature centers, churches, civic and business organizations, schools and libraries. The program can be tailored for a specific audience and can run from thirty minutes to an hour and a half.
To schedule a program contact Eddee Daniel at 414-771-8857 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Urban Wilderness project description
Link to The Story, interview about Urban Wilderness on NPR
Milwaukee River Greenway project description and gallery
Excerpts from Urban Wilderness: Exploring a Metropolitan Watershed
Selections from The Milwaukee County Grounds: A Land for All Seasons
County Grounds 2006 essay
Open Letter to County Board 2009
Article: Finding Nature in the City, 2009
Urban Wilderness image galleries