UPDATE: Best Nature-Friendly Places to Live in the U.S. to Be Announced June 24th

New Book Offers Long-Awaited Resource for

Local Governments, Planners, Nature Enthusiasts

Jun 20, 2005, 01:00 ET from Island Press

    WASHINGTON, June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- On Friday, June 24th, the best places
 to live in the U.S. for people who want nature and open space will be revealed
 in a new book being released by Island Press.  Entitled Nature-Friendly
 Communities, the book highlights nineteen communities that have done the most
 to safeguard natural landscapes and protect wildlife in the United States.
     The top nature-friendly communities are located in: Arizona, California,
 Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan,
 Minnesota, Montana, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and
     According to the new book, local governments are benefiting from their
 nature-minded actions and programs.  Not only is the quality of life improving
 for residents but local economies are profiting as infrastructure costs go
 down and property values go up.  The book provides information and tools for
 public officials, planners, conservationists and community leaders to
 transform their communities into nature-friendly areas.
     WHAT      Best Nature-Friendly Places to Live in the U.S. to be Announced
     WHEN      Friday, June 24th
     WHERE TO  Embargoed materials are available pre-release date.  Or visit
     GET MORE  http://www.naturefriendlytools.org starting at 3 AM Eastern,
     INFO      June 24th

SOURCE Island Press