Join us THIS MONDAY for a special program launching the new Parkland Forest Management Framework! “The City in the Forest: How Urban Nature Changes Lives and Saves the Planet” will be on October 7, 2013 starting at 6pm at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway). Deputy Mayor Michael DiBerardinis will explain how the Parks and Recreation Department’s new Parkland Forest Management Framework will be a key tool for guiding the management of the city’s natural resources over the next decade, and how local stewards can participate in this work. Featured speaker and author Emma Marris will highlight her important insights on the new face of nature in the 21st century. She calls on citizens to tend the urbanized environment as a “rambunctious garden,” a hybrid of wild nature and human management. The evening will include the presentation of the Academy of Natural Sciences’ Ruth Patrick Award for Environmental Stewardship to Mayor Michael A. Nutter in recognition of his administration’s leadership in environmental stewardship, including the launch and implementation of Greenworks Philadelphia, the sustainability plan which includes the tree canopy goal that TreePhilly is working with YOU to meet!