Mike's Publications

As co-founder and board member of the Nature of Cities (www.thenatureofcities.com) Mike Houck has been called on to submit essays relevant to efforts to integrate nature into the Portland-Vancouver region.  The following are examples of his essays:

Lessons from Britain’s Urban Nature Movement, Mike Houck, Portland. 19 March 2015, Book Review of Nature in Town and Cities, by David Goode. http://www.thenatureofcities.com/2015/03/19/recording-lessons-from-britains-urban-nature-movement/

Reflections on “Laudato Si, On Care For Our Common Home” Mike Houck, Portland.  November 10, 2015.  A Review of Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Climate Change. http://www.thenatureofcities.com/2015/11/10/reflections-on-laudato-si-on-care-for-our-common-home/

Birds: Iconic Emissaries of Urban Nature Mike Houck, Portland.  May 24, 2015. Account of Great Blue Heron becoming Portland’s official city bird. http://www.thenatureofcities.com/2015/05/24/birds-iconic-emissaries-of-urban-nature/

Collective Impact: A New Model for Regional Open Space Planning. Mike Houck and Mike Wetter, Portland,  April 6, 2014. Recounting creation and function of The Intertwine Alliance http://www.thenatureofcities.com/2014/04/06/collective-impact-a-new-model-for-regional-open-space-planning/

Size Doesn’t Matter—Really!, Mike Houck, Portland, May 29, 2013. An argument for small is beautiful when it comes to urban nature conservation. http://www.thenatureofcities.com/2013/05/29/size-doesnt-matter-really/

Biodiversity Planning: Finally Getting It Right in the Portland-Vancouver Metro Region, Mike Houck, Portland, December 15, 2012.  http://www.thenatureofcities.com/2012/12/15/biodiversity-planning-finally-getting-it-right-in-the-portland-vancouver-metro-region/

Nature Nearby, Mike Houck, Portland, July 3, 2012.  http://www.thenatureofcities.com/2012/07/03/nature-nearby-2/

Planning The Pacific Northwest, Editors Jill Sterrett, Connie Ozawa, Dennis Ryan, Ethan Seltzer, and Jan Whittington. Planners Press, 2015. “The Emerald and the Rose”, Michael Houck, Nancy Rottle, and John Owen, p. 94.

Mike worked with other volunteers to produce the following documents:

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Regional Conservation Strategy for the Greater Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Region


Biodiversity Guide To The Greater Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Region http://www.theintertwine.org/sites/default/files/Biodiversity%20Guide%20for%20the%20Greater%20Portland-Vancouver%20Region.pdf

Executive Summary, Regional Conservation Strategy. co-authored by Mike Houck and Bob Sallinger, The Intertwine Alliance. http://www.theintertwine.org/sites/default/files/RCS%20Executive%20Summary.pdf

Regional Parks and Greenspaces Planning in Portland, Oregon: The Politics and Science of Providing for Nature in Cities, The George Wright Forum. The GWS Journal of Parks, Protected Areas & Cultural Sites, volume 33 number 3 • 2016.  Mike Houck, Urban Greenspaces Institute.

Bankside Citizens, In Defense of Trashed Rivers, Mike Houck, Executive Director Urban Greenspaces Institute.  Rivertown, Rethinking Urban Rivers, Kibel, Paul S. Editor, August, 2007.

Ecological Landscapes: Connecting Neighborhood to City and City to Region, Metroscape, Portland State University, December, 2006. Mike Houck, Executive Director, Urban Greenspaces Institute and Jim Labbe, Urban Conservationist, Audubon Society of Portland.

The Urban Forest Canopy, Seeing The Forest And The Trees: For Fish, Wildlife, and People, Mike Houck, Urban Naturalist Audubon Society of Portland and Chair, Natural Resources Working Group, Coalition for a Livable Future, Urban Forestry Summit: Developing Green Infrastructure, March 8, 2002.

Urban Greenfrastructure: Integrating The Natural and Built Environments in Metropolitan Portland-Vancouver, Ecological Cities, 2002. Michael C. Houck, Executive Director, Urban Greenspaces Institute and Urban Naturalists, Audubon Society of Portland.

In Livable Cities Is Preservation of the Wild, Open Spaces Magazine, 2002. Mike Houck, Urban Greenspaces Institute.

Integrating Affordable Housing, Transit, Compact Urban Form & Parks and Greenspaces In The Portland Metropolitan Region, California Parks Conference, Bridging Borders: Partnerships Beyond Our Boundaries and Within, March 4-7, 2002. Mike Houck, Urban Greenspaces Institute and Coalition for a Livable Future.

Wild In The City: Protecting and Restoring the Urban Greenfrastructure of the Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Region, City Club of Portland, June 29, 2001,   Michael C. Houck, Urban Naturalist for Audubon Society of Portland & Chair, Natural Resources Working Group, Coalition For A Livable Future

Forest Park at 50—Is Its Future Safe and What Are Future Challenges For A Regional System of Parks and Greenspaces?, City Club of Portland, July 31, 1998/ Michael C. Houck, Urban Naturalist, Audubon Society of Portland and Steering Committee Member, Coalition For A Livable Future

Protecting Our Urban Wild Lands: Renewing a Vision, Address to the City Club of Portland, October 13th, 1989. Michael C. Houck, Urban Naturalist Audubon Society of Portland.