Category Archives: Ecological restoration

Storm Water Management versus Ecological Restoration–a review of Pond #1

Fraying of Social and Ecological Connections Sometimes changes to landscape features happen so gradually, and over such a long time frame that we come to take them for granted. If we see them at all, we consider them part of … Continue reading

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Planning for the future of ecological restoration

When I am planning an ecological restoration project, my two main questions are: 1) Toward what restoration standard (s) should I aim; and 2) What is the best way to achieve the desired outcome (s)? The answers to these two … Continue reading

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Ecological Restoration Viewed Through a Policy Lens

As I’ve learned, there is usually more to ecological restoration than meets the eye. There is a lot of policy involved—policy that influences, and is influenced by, ecological restoration.   This truth has been learned on the job, over and over, … Continue reading

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Prescribed Fire at Pickerel Lake Fen Preserve

The Wisconsin Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) conducted, on March 31, 2015,  a prescribed burn on property near its Pickerel Lake Fen Preserve in Walworth County, Wisconsin.  The burn unit consisted of approximately 150 acres of oak openings, grassland, … Continue reading

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Registration Now Open for SER Midwest Great Lakes Annual Meeting

The Eighth Annual Chapter Meeting of the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration will be held at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana from April 1 to April 3, 2016. This year’s meeting theme is Overcoming Challenges to … Continue reading

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Part III: History of MidWestern Prairie Restoration

Research and Contributions to Restoration As one of the research centers of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the Arboretum has a long legacy of research and scholarship. The Arboretum’s work has resulted in, among other things, the development of prairie planting … Continue reading

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First Plantings of Curtis Prairie: Implementation, Monitoring, and Research

Introduction This is the second installment in a series of posts on the history of prairie restoration in the upper-midwestern United States. New episodes will appear in this space over the next few months. Last week’s first chapter began the … Continue reading

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The Roots of Prairie Restoration in the Midwest

The work of these scientists and practitioners, which was literally and figuratively groundbreaking, laid down a fertile path that resulted in the emergence of not only the UW-Madison Arboretum’s John T. Curtis Prairie, but also the practice of ecological restoration. Continue reading

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Against the Domestication of Earth: a Review

“Keeping The Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth” Edited by George Wuerthner, Eileen Crist, and Tom Butler Published 2014 by Island Press 271 pages. Reviewed by Steve Glass Keeping the Wild is a collection of essays brought together in response … Continue reading

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