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New York City: Urban Conservation

Learn more about the promise that cities offer the conservation movement.

Many people think of urban centers as the antithesis to conservation, but that couldn’t be more false.

Why does urban conservation matter?
  • Cities and the people in them are important because cities have low carbon footprints and often some of the cleanest drinking water.
  • Cities are filled with modernity and wildlife. New York City, in fact, is home to more plant and animal species than Yellowstone National Park, including the fastest animal on Earth, the Perigrine Falcon.
  • By the year 2050, scientists project that the world’s population will reach 9 billion people; two-thirds of that population will be city dwellers.
What are some Conservancy projects that impact New York City?
Where can I learn more about urban conservation?


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