Wildlife Conservation Society

San Francisco Before

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) proposes to develop SFB4, a project to investigate and describe the natural history of San Francisco before it was a city.

Our goal is to suffuse the City of San Francisco with a vision of ecology so rich and compelling that it shifts perspectives for centuries, while establishing a data-driven baseline for sustainability and resilience suited to the particular geographic circumstances of San Francisco using natural history to reveal, discover, and reimagine the city.

WCS is a recognized pioneer in the reconstruction of lost ecosystems to inspire big-picture thinking about future landscapes. WCS' reconstruction and visualization of New York City ecosystems has galvanized international interest in the ecology of cities through the best-selling book, Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City, a companion website and its interactive visualization of the ecology of pre-city New York, and Visionmaker, a web application that lets any user construct their own vision for New York City, with reference to this historical ecology and today's landscape.

We are actively seeking partners for SFB4. To learn more about the project, ask a question, or to lend your support, please contact Dr. Eric Sanderson.

Contact Information

Eric W. Sanderson, Ph.D.

Global Conservation Programs
Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10460
Phone: 718-220-6825
Email: esanderson@wcs.org
Websites: welikia.org | visionmaker.nyc