· Restore the natural landscape, biodiversity, natural areas, watersheds and local ecological processes of the northern San Francisco peninsula, the Franciscan bioregion.
San Francisco exists within a local natural
environment containing unique species and habitats, which are
essential and critical parts of the regional, continental, and global
· Foster awareness, knowledge, celebration and respect for local nature and biodiversity and the idea that people can have a healthy and restorative relationship with nature.
Most San Franciscans live within one mile of a wildland. Many of us may be unaware that our open spaces harbor rich habitats of native biodiversity. By connecting with our local natural places, we can experience a sense of wonder with our local nature and human-nature interconnectedness, thereby remembering that we are not the only important species and learning to respect nature in our backyards and beyond.
· Build community around the healthy engagement of residents with their local nature.
Sense of place and connection with local nature foster awareness of our collective interdependence with nature and each other. The essence of community stewardship is the naturally communal process of neighbors working together to restore the land, thereby reconnecting with nature, reconnecting with each other, and developing sustainable community and cultural ecological relationships. As we share in the joy of healing the land and restoring habitat for other creatures, we realize we can connect positively with nature and each other in our own "backyard."
· Transform City policy and the city's institutions and "urban sustainability" by fully integrating local nature conservation and ecological restoration.
True urban ecological sustainability is not achievable
without the full integration of ecological restoration of our
urban natural environment, biodiversity and watersheds. Our urban
system must be compatible and sustainable with our local natural
ecological restoration and natural resources management cannot be
successful without educating government and political leaders about
urban nature conservation and stewardship. Local natural processes and
ecological design principles must be incorporated into nearly all
government and institutional decision-making and projects.
· Optimize our urban quality of life.
Community ecological and watershed stewardship is indispensable to creating a more livable city. Optimization of the ecological restoration of San Francisco's abundant water resources and wildlife habitats and corridors, and restoring a positive relationship between people and urban nature where they live will all contribute to having a healthier and more fun place to live and exist.