Category Archives: Ecological restoration

“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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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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