Urban natural areas, though often small and fragmented, provide critical ecological services including water filtration and cooling, nectar for pollinators, and forage and habitat for all kinds of wildlife. Whether in a backyard, next to the interstate, behind a strip mall, or in an industrial park, Mosaic Ecology works to improve habitat there. One of our favorite sites lies between Interstate 5, a strip mall, and an apartment complex. We've planted over 15,000 native trees and shrubs and 20,000 grasses, sedges, and forbs. Another, wedged between a parking lot and the Clackamas River, filters water from the parking lot before it runs off into the river. Both of these sites provide ecological services while creating new places for people to enjoy and connect with nature.