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Urban policy -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area, City planning -- Oregon -- Porland Metropolitan Area, Land use -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area, Regional planning -- Oregon


Residents of the Metro region value having nature near where they live, work, and play and have expressed the desire to keep nature in neighborhoods as a legacy to future generations. The Metro Council has expressed, as one of four central goals for the region, the aspiration that "(t)he region’s wildlife and people thrive in a healthy urban ecosystem." Nature in Neighborhoods is a regional habitat protection, restoration and greenspaces initiative that inspires, strengthens, coordinates, and focuses the activities of individuals and organizations that share an interest in the region’s fish and wildlife habitat, natural beauty, clean air and water, and outdoor recreation. Metro plays a leadership role in Nature in Neighborhoods, but recognizes that the protection and restoration of fish and wildlife habitat and the integration of greenspaces into the urban environment is a task of scope and magnitude beyond the reach of any one organization; it will take the coordinated and strategic action of many. This Ordinance addresses one component of the Nature in Neighborhoods initiative, establishing a consistent regional standard for fish and wildlife habitat protection that provides additional support for improving water quality.

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