Sunday, October 5, 2014

#279 / 2nd Nature

As I travel along East Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, on my way to record my KUSP Land Use Report, I frequently notice the "2nd Nature" sign, designating the offices of a local environmental business. 

Recently, I looked up the business, and found that 2nd Nature / Ecosystem Science + Design specializes in aquatic resource assessment and restoration strategies.

The firm works all around the state, and does water supply and water quality evaluations, data management and reporting, spatial analysis and cartography, and watershed evaluations.

2nd Nature is also, I gather, a Federally Recognized Socially Disadvantaged Business and an official Women Owned Business Enterprise. The company has provided an online tool that they say will allow interested persons to track water clarity in Lake Tahoe.

I think it is a good sign that at least some people are now able to find meaningful career and employment opportunities in businesses focused on environmental evaluation and restoration. I will be doubly happy now, as I pass by the offices, since I have a better sense of what's going on inside.

Just one comment on that "2nd Nature" name, though. There is no effective, second-string substitute for Nature. We need to be clear that human science and technological tools can't substitute a "2nd Nature" for the real thing.

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