Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Welcome to The Natural Capital!

The Natural Capital is a celebration of the wealth of nature right here under our noses in the Nation's Capital. We aim to open your eyes to the amazing plants, animals, and scenery in our region – much of it accessible by public transportation.

Natural Capital is also a concept in environmental economics: the concept that the ecosystem that sustains and surrounds us has inherent, but tragically overlooked, value. We need trees, for example, because they provide clean air and clean water. They are also beautiful, and the beauty of nature has value as well. Which brings us back to the purpose of this blog: getting outside to enjoy it all.

Your authors:

Elizabeth Hargrave spends half her week working as a health policy researcher. That leaves the other half free for hiking, gardening, and boning up on natural history.

Matt Cohen is founder of the eco-landscaping business Matt's Habitats, and a naturalist who leads hikes in the DC metro area. He also serves on the board of the Maryland Native Plant Society.

We've been exploring the outdoors together since 2000, and hope to bring you a glimpse of all the wonderful things we've found in the DC area.

Comments? Questions? Ideas for future posts? Contact us at thenaturalcapital@gmail.com.

5 comments:

Larry Martin said...

What a great initiative here. I'll look around the site and see if I can offer any additional ideas. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

What a great source of information!

I'm new to the area and am so pleased to find this gathering of good ideas for getting away from the concrete and scary driving.

You've given me hope that I'll survive this move from the Pacific Northwest.

Thank you very much.

Jocelyn Allen said...

Thank you so much for finding me on Twitter. Love the concept of your blog & am looking forward to following you on it/Twitter & hopefully connecting by phone/email/in-person sometime too. :)

(You found my personal Twitter, but please follow my DC area "plant-based holistic wellness for smarties" Twitter instead as it's more relevant: @smartyplants)

Peace + Sunshine,
Jocelyn
http://smartyplants.tumblr.com

dwrudd said...

Found your site today. Great info; we love to go on adventures without the car and just see where we end up in the city. But we have a toddler and need to access trails that allow for travel with the stroller. And suggestions? Thanks!

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