Category Archives: Human impacts on restorations

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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Leopold’s Arboretum–It’s Drowning in Stormwater and Needs Upstream Help

One of the questions that this blog asks is how the science and practice restoration ecology is utilized to address environmental issues and restoration opportunities in urban areas.   This blog examines the challenges and opportunities of restoration ecology through … Continue reading

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Negotiating Restoration Policy and Outcomes in an Urban Environment

One of the lessons of ecological restoration is that it is as much a technical exercise as it is a social and political negotiation about restoration policy and restoration targets and outcomes.   While restoration ecologists are trained to deal with … Continue reading

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Fitchburg’s Proposed Development Voted Down by Commission

Madison, WI November 19, 2014–Dane County’s Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (CARPC) last week voted against Fitchburg’s plans for its proposed “Northeast Neighborhood”.   According to a story by Capital Times reporter Bryna Godar,  the CARPC, by a 6-5 decision, voted … Continue reading

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A Proposal for an Urban Restoration Ecology Center in Madison, WI

The Idea November 4, 2014–Madison, Wisconsin needs an urban restoration ecology research center to help it create sustainable ecosystems for the future.  An urban restoration ecology center would help Madison and Dane County focus on addressing the ecological, social, and … Continue reading

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Fitchburg’s Rapid Land Use Expansion Plans Raise Concerns

Madison, WI February 28, 2014—On Tuesday February 25 the Fitchburg (Dane County, WI) City Council approved plans to expand sewer and water service to just over 900 acres of open space in the uplands south-east of Madison and overlooking Lake … Continue reading

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Rainy Morning Scenes Around the Watershed

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Ground Rules for Restoration Work in Mud Season

April 8, 2013 It’s Mud Season in Madison Dancing Sands and Council Springs, Madison, WI–Mud season is upon us.  Mud season is that period from late winter to early spring when open ground and dirt paths such as unpaved roads … Continue reading

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Soil Destruction Is What It Is

The dictionary defines erosion as the removal of soil by the action of wind, water, and gravity.  Aldo Leopold said that  “the destruction of soil is the most fundamental kind of economic loss that the human race can suffer.”  (Erosion … Continue reading

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Greene Prairie’s Summer Tapestry

Greene Prairie was planted from 1943 to 1958–almost single-handedly–by Dr. Henry Greene a UW-Madison botany professor and expert on parasitic fungi. Looking southeast we see a matrix of the grass prairie dropseed  (Sporobolus heteropepis) and the baby rattle-shaped rattlesnake master … Continue reading

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