Ecological Restoration. Burning South Prairie at Green Oaks - 2003. A (Very) Brief History of Ecological Restoration. Aldo Leopold planting at the Shack - 1936. CCC crewman planting Curtis Prairie - 1936. CCC crew watering Curtis Prairie – late 1930’s. University of Wisconsin Arboretum.
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Burning South Prairie at Green Oaks - 2003
Alvah Green, and Paul Shepard - 1955
Conservation of natural areas and their associated biological diversity depends on two fundamental tools:
1. Keeping the natural areas that remain natural in the future - this is achieved by some combination of protection and management including purchase of lands by conservation agencies and wise stewardship of natural lands in both public and private ownership, with all management focused on maintaining or improving existing natural areas
2. Replacing at least some of the natural areas which have been lost - replacing natural areas means putting a prairie or forest or wetland where it is presently nonexistent but where it once existed - such replacement is often termed reconstruction or restoration
1. creating visually attractive vegetation
2. providing educational and possibly scientific interest in the community
3. safeguarding rare species or scarce ecological communities
4. constructing low maintenance landscapes
"Within a few weeks now Draba, the smallest flower that blows, will sprinkle every sandy place with small blooms.
He who hopes for spring with upturned eye never sees so small a thing as Draba. He who despairs of spring with downcast eye steps on it, unknowing. He who searches for spring with his knees in the mud finds it, in abundance….”
- Aldo Leopold