2005 Urban Naturalist, Mike Houck

Dedicated to maintaining habitats for wildlife in our urban areas, Mike Houck has maintained a vigilant and vocal crusade for more than 25 years. During that time, his work has grown from a focus on environmental issues to a broader advocacy for a wide range of important urban and natural resources for the region. He has advocated for affordable housing, a rational metropolitan transportation system, the restoration of urban waterways, and the strong urban wilds system. According to The Oregonian “More than any other individual, Houck has motivated, cajoled and convinced a critical mass of key people that regional coordination is essential if the metropolitan area’s natural corridors and greenways are to survive…”