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Oak leaves must burn to release their ghosts and set the stage for renewal.

A fitting scene for this election day. Tomorrow will be welcome. Any steward presiding over bur oak that does not welcome fire onto the landscape, or at least relentlessly try to do so, is a steward in name only.

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What Counts as Restoration? This Does.

A few months ago I wrote a post critical of the types of hasty, ill-concieved, and poorly executed efforts that are sold to the public as ecological restoration. The work done at Vestal Grove in Cook County, Illinois has been … Continue reading

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What Counts as Ecological Restoration?

Shortly before I left my previous employer, the Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Coordinator proposed to my supervisor that a narrow tract of woods known as Cambridge Woods be designated natural area. Cambridge Woods is a well-documented, degraded site that … Continue reading

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