Author Archives: Steve Glass

About Steve Glass

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

Images of Winter on the Prairie

Snow-covered Curtis Prairie The prairie continually renews itself by adapting to, and changing with the conditions.  I like to think that visitors to the prairie absorb some of the optimism, sturdiness, and flexibility inherent in the prairie ecosystem. At least … Continue reading

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Water Is Life

Water is life. Without water, we die. Access to clean, plentiful water is a human necessity and right.   But human activities are abusing this vital force and future public access to water is now in doubt. We are the abusers … Continue reading

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Yahara Watershed Academy Accepting Applications

  From the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, comes this announcement of the second Yahara Watershed Academy. Because the WingraSprings blog serves the Lake Wingra Watershed, a sub-watershed of the Yahara River Watershed, in this … Continue reading

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Fall is The Time to Sow Milkweed Seeds

  More Milkweed Plants If you, like me, want more milkweed plants in your butterfly or pollinator garden next summer, now is the time to get started. You can sow seeds outdoors this fall either in pots, in flats, or … Continue reading

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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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