Mike Houck founded the Urban Greenspaces Institute in 1999. He currently serves on the City of Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission and is a board member of The Intertwine Alliance. Houck has been engaged in the local, regional, national and international urban greenspace issues since 1980 when he founded the Urban Naturalist Program at the Audubon Society of Portland. He is co-editor of Wild in the City, a Guide to Portland’s Natural Areas (2000) and Wild in the City, Exploring The Intertwine (2011, OSU Press); He also co-edited The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology (2010). Mike co-authored the Regional Conservation Strategy Executive Summary (2012, The Intertwine Alliance). He is a regular contributor to The Nature of Cities site, and international dialogue dedicated to issues related to urban nature. Mike is an adjunct instructor in the Geography Department at Portland State University.