Category Archives: Conservation

1838-2018

A few years ago I was part of a team doing an environmental assessment for a local road project.  When I saw these trees giant bur oaks (all around four-and-a-half feet diameter at breast height), I knew I’d be among … Continue reading

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The Destruction of Lizard Mound County Park Woods

The below images will be rather self explanatory. Lizard Mound County Park Woods was a 28-acre remnant of the pre-settlement mesic and dry-mesic forest in Washington County, Wisconsin and consists of a high canopy of maple, basswood, beech, red oak, … Continue reading

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The Slow Death of a “Protected” Prairie-Fen

Before I even begin, I’ll throw out the take-home message. Conservation acquisition and ownership are not enough. Most of our last best places disappear, if they are added to a portfolio of protected lands and left to their own devices. … Continue reading

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