Category Archives: Ecological restoration

Vanishing Natural Areas

If it seems to you that there are fewer forests, grasslands, wetlands, and other natural places than there were a few years ago, you would be right. And if you think there is a lot more areas in need of … Continue reading

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Recent News About Water

Here are a few recent news items about drinking water, the midwestern floods of Spring 2019, and a legislative proposal (in Wisconsin) to promote hydrological restoration. The Water Access Gap Across the United States From the group Digdeep.org comes a … Continue reading

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Low Technology Institute to Sponsor Prairie Seed Collecting Workshop

Upcoming workshop: Learning how to collect prairie seeds October 12, 1-4 pm. The Low-Technology Institute is a Wisconsin-based organization, located near Cooksville, Wisconsin, that promotes “non-industrial, subsistence technology” The seed collecting workshop will be held on a private prairie restoration, … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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Two Weeks Until SER MWGL 10th Annual Meeting–April 20-22

Continuing Education Credits, Discounted Registration Deadline, and Call for Student Volunteers The Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) is excited to announce that its upcoming meeting in Stevens Point, WI has been pre-approved for Continuing Education … Continue reading

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