NatureRail is a new national, non-profit, urban-area regeneration initiative about both land and people. Our main purpose is to add further richness, wonder, and delight to urban lives by rescuing and celebrating wild and semi-wild landscapes in and around active metropolitan rail corridors throughout the country--and then bringing people to them. Our program links transportation, parks-and-recreation, public access, and environmental concerns in innovative, cost-effective, and often remarkably low-tech ways.

Tracks - Meadowlands
Many trains cross New Jersey's still-wild Hackensack Meadowlands, just west of Manhattan
Spuyten Duyvil
A small meadow adjacent to active train tracks at Spuyten Duyvil, in the southwest Bronx

NatureRail's ultimate aim is "fighting sprawl from within," as we call it. We think that an interconnected program that strengthens urban ecosystems and brings people and renewed ecosystems closer to each other--nourishing human minds and hearts while creating a caring constituency committed to further environmental improvement--can help re-anchor urban areas, lessening the "pull" people feel to leave town to "be near the countryside."

If you are interested in establishing a reciprocal link with us or if you would like to be posted about our updates, please drop us an email. (Please be assured that we will respect your privacy, and not share your email address with anyone else.)

Contact NatureRail

Taub Urban Research Center · Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
New York University · 269 Mercer Street-2nd Floor · New York, NY 10003-6633
Phone: (212) 998-7508 · Fax: (212) 995-4165

This document maintained by Preserve & Protect.
Last revised June 17, 2001