Category Archives: Negotiated landscape

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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Madison’s Freshwater Resources

This early point in 2015 is a good opportunity to share with you the subjects this blog will cover in the coming year. Among the topics we will be reporting on include, the springs and Madison’s other freshwater resources; restoration … Continue reading

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Negative Impacts of Construction Projects on Arboretum–Deja Vu All Over Again

A new fiber optic cable to give the Arboretum  faster and more reliable internet service was laid through the Curtis Prairie starting over the Holidays. You may have seen the large spool of orange cable and the trucks, trailers, and … Continue reading

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Construction Projects and Unintended Negative Impacts Threaten Arboretum

Cumulative Impacts Degrade Arboretum Resources; Compromise Restoration Goals People—and our social/cultural institutions—interact with plant and animal communities/ecosystems in many ways, ranging from preservation to exploitation, and at a variety of scales, from local to global.  Many human interactions with the … Continue reading

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Arboretum Secret Pond Photo Update

The Secret Pond project continues to move ahead with the significant excavation of the pond foot print now complete.  Soil has been piled high on the site and many truckloads of native Arboretum soil  hauled away for disposal. Here are … Continue reading

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With cards and signs, woman pushes Dont Feed the Geese campaign

Photo by John Hart–Wisconsin (Madison) State Journal With cards and signs, woman pushes Dont Feed the Geese campaign. Yes, Canada geese are a problem for water quality, largely due to the incredible amount of goose pooh left on City streets, … Continue reading

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Novel Ecosystems and Restoration Targets

Why all the fuss  about the Secret Pond storm water pond project in the UW-Madison Arboretum? I can explain why this restoration ecologist was disappointed in the outcome–but first, some background. The controversy over the Secret Pond storm water pond … Continue reading

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