Category Archives: Novel Ecosystems

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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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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Authors say “Novel Ecosystems are a Trojan Horse for Conservation”

Because “they provide a license to trash nature if they provide ecosystem services”,  according to a recent article in Ensia, by Daniel Simberloff, Carolina Murcia, and James Aronson.  Ensia is an online  “magazine showcasing environmental solutions in action”, and published by … 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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The Mustard Grove

It may sound like a new upscale restaurant or the name of the latest “new urbanism” housing complex in Madison. But it’s none of these, although it is of relatively new origin and is an unusual entity. The Mustard Grove … Continue reading

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Climate Change and Ecological Restoration

Global climate change is now a fact of life.  There is now unequivocal evidence that the earth is warming faster than at any other time in recorded history (IPCC, 2007).  The predicted impacts include changes in weather patterns, increases in … Continue reading

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Restoration Goals for Novel Ecosystems?

A novel, or emerging ecosystem, is one without an analog in the natural environment that develops in response to radically altered environmental conditions caused by social, economic, or cultural activities.   Novel ecosystems include those with urban soil contaminated by … Continue reading

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Garlic Mustard–It’s Everywhere

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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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