Author Archives: Steve Glass

About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist, Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (#0093 SER) and writer living in the Midwestern United States.

Happy Birthday Aldo

January 11, 2019, Madison, WI–On this date in 1887 Aldo Leopold was born in Burlington, Iowa. Because of that event not so long ago, today is a day of celebration, and remembrance for the fans, friends and family of Aldo … Continue reading

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Restoration Ecology in Wisconsin: Selected Photo Highlights from 2018

Below are a few photos from some of the restoration ecology projects that I tracked in 2018.  I have found that restoration ecology is a forward-looking, multifaceted discipline that has deep roots in the past and a future-oriented perspective.   … Continue reading

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Reading the Landscape

  Reading The Landscape by Steve Glass   The advancing urban glacier is shaping our terrain. Pausing in the prairie of Shoveler’s Sink, at this spot on the Green Bay Lobe, I hear the clamor of its westward surges, driven … Continue reading

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Fourth National Climate Assessment Is Packed With Info for Restorationists

The U.S. federal government’s Fourth National Climate Assessment speaks to the value of ecological restoration as an important adaptive strategy to help deal with current and anticipated future effects of global climate change. The federal government’s Fourth National Climate Assessment  … Continue reading

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How Should Ecological Restoration Practitioners Incorporate Climate Change Predictions Into Work Plans?

  What are the future opportunities and challenges for restoration in the age of climate change? Indicators of a changing global climate include increases in the frequency and severity of extreme events such as precipitation, flooding, and drought, and a … Continue reading

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Before It’s Too Late, Are We Going to Do Anything About Climate Change?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) issued on Monday October 8, 2018 its most recent, and alarming report on the predicted effects of climate change.   The panel’s conclusions are stark; its recommendations for corrective action are urgent.  In summary, … Continue reading

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Pope Farm Conservancy: Where Agriculture and Ecological Restoration Work Together for Sustainable Land Use

Pope Farm Conservancy is owned by the Town of Middleton, Wisconsin, near Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin.  It is a working farm and ecological restoration project on the eastern edge of the Driftless Area (un-glaciated portion) of southwestern Wisconsin.  In … Continue reading

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Shake the Lake. Contaminate the Lake.

Fireworks displays, like Madison’s “Shake the Lake” are spectacular.  But, what chemicals are in fireworks?  How might they impact our air, land, and water? This Saturday June 23, 2018 from 5-11 pm Madison, WI will stage its annual fireworks festival. … Continue reading

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Pope Farm Conservancy Weathers Severe Spring Storms

Eighty-year old Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Spillway Handles 5″ of rain in 3 hours on June 16 Sections of highway and stormwater infrastructure in parts of  northern and southern Wisconsin crumbled under the force of this spring’s storms.  In addition to … Continue reading

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A Few Images From the Spring 2018 Prescribed Burn Season

As is usual in spring, in Wisconsin, prescribed management fires were conducted all across Dane, County Wisconsin.  Fire dependent plant communities such as prairies, savannas, oak woodlands, and wetlands were managed by the careful and constrained use of fire. After … Continue reading

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