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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┬ácommodification 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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Spring Meanderings Exhibit A

Finally. It doesn’t matter how cloudy, cool, or rainy it is, because the plants are back. It’s spring. There are places to go and plants to see. As a transplant to SE Wisconsin, many of these plants are firsts for … Continue reading

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