Author Archives: Steve Glass

About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist practicing and writing in the Midwestern United States.

Emily Dickinson Offers Advice on Prairie Restoration

Those of us who restore prairies—or plant new ones from scratch—continue to debate, research, and discuss the proper way to go about it. What are our goals? Should we strive for complete restoration that matches, species-by-species, our image of virgin … Continue reading

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Bigelow Prairie Pioneer Cemetery (Ohio) State Nature Preserve

The first prairie I ever saw was a prairie pioneer cemetery in central Ohio.  The visit was an ecological epiphany and set me on the course to a career in ecological restoration. It was in the early 1970’s and I … Continue reading

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Fall Color of the Prairies and Savannas

It’s not too late to enjoy the beauty of fall on the prairie, savanna, or oak woodland near you.  The prairie does not produce the brilliant yellows, oranges and reds of the northern forest, but rather has a more quiet … Continue reading

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Walker Promises Foxconn Deal Will be “Transformational” for Wisconsin

Some Think What He Has in Mind is Transforming (eliminating) Wisconsin’s Environmental Regulations As you may know, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin has signed an incentives agreement with Foxconn, the giant Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, to build a liquid crystal display … Continue reading

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Walker’s Desperate Attempt to Create Wisconsin Jobs Threatens the State’s Natural Resources

Announced Foxconn Deal is Not a Plan for Sustained Economic Development in Wisconsin Foxconn, the Taiwanese technology giant, maker of iPhones and components for other consumer electronics products, has pledged to build a 20-million-square-foot, 1,000 acre campus in southeastern Wisconsin … Continue reading

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“Flight of the Monarchs” Screening to Raise Funds for Friends of Lake Wingra

From our friends at Friends of Lake Wingra (FoLW) comes this reminder that there are things each of us can do to help the monarch butterfly.  Aiding the monarch is a true act of ecological restoration “Hello monarch lovers, “It’s … Continue reading

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Monroe Street Reconstruction: Preliminary Corridor Design Workshop Tomorrow Night

The promised resurfacing and reconstruction of Monroe Street has been rumored for several years.  Now it seems that the project may begin in 2018 because in January of 2017 the Madison City Council approved the project and a preliminary design. … Continue reading

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A Sunday Afternoon Outing With The Prairie Enthusiasts

June 7, 2017 Madison, WI–Last Sunday afternoon was a picture perfect day in southern Wisconsin–clear skies, warm breezes, and low humidity.   It was also a wonderful day to spend with fellow prairie enthusiasts, literally on top of the world, … Continue reading

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Madison Groundwater Pumping Alert

Why is City of Madison Pumping Groundwater Down the Stormdrain? A resident of Madison’s Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood alerted me this evening (5.25.17) that the street reconstruction project on Sprague St. had likely hit a groundwater vein and that crews had set … Continue reading

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May Is Time to Garden With Native Plants

Madison, WI–The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is encouraging people to get outside and put a few more native plants in their gardens to help increase wildlife habitat. The DNR’s  Wisconsin Native Plants publication lists native plants that will do … Continue reading

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