Tag 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 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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Natural Areas Have Intrinsic Value

Much of the conservation community’s current approach to conservation planning is a¬†commodification of nature. Lands are valued according to laundry lists of the tangible services (e.g. water quality protection, forage, carbon storage) they provide. We might not assign actual dollars … Continue reading

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