Alan Yeakley is a professor of environmental science and is a fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. He is a gubernatorial appointee to the Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team for the State of Oregon; the lead investigator of the Portland-Vancouver ULTRA-Ex; and a co-investigator on an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Fellowship project focused on ecosystem services in urbanizing systems.

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Policymakers and resource managers often frame ecosystem services management challenges as a matter of protecting natural areas outside of cities. Assuring good stewardship of nature’s services in rural areas is indeed crucial but is only part of the solution. Over 50 percent of the world’s human population now resides in urban areas, a figure …

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