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Army Lake Oak Woodland

In 2016 I was part of an environmental assessment at the site of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) planned boat launch to Army Lake in Walworth County, Wisconsin. My heart sank at the time, because I knew the … Continue reading

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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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