Category Archives: restoration

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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Franklin Savanna, Another Case Study in Ecosystem Collapse

It was an old oak pasture that taught me about the great abundance of nature. We climbed those trees, or rather, when we crawled under the fence into Mr. Erickson’s pasture, walked right up onto their great, open-grown limbs. My … Continue reading

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