Positive Participation with Nature

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by Mark K. Leach

A hopeful book about how people make a difference protecting and restoring our natural environment and the relevant science.

Chapter 1. Positive participation with nature and each other. "As people work together and learn together to repair damaged ecosystems, they also build community." - Greg Armstrong, former director of the U.W.-Madison Arboretum. The chapter introduces the growing ecological-restoration movement, along with the scientific underpinnings. The themes of community and science are amplified in the following chapters.

Chapter 2. Pleasant Valley Conservancy Retired microbiologists, Kathie and Tom Brock, establish Wisconsin foremost oak savanna restoration, returning their 143-acre parcel to its natural ecological condition. The result is a beautiful example of the restoration potential in the Driftless Region of the upper Midwest.

Chapter 3. Manoomin (wild rice). The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission and its many partners have been establishing populations of wild rice to bring the regional abundance closer to historical levels.

Chapter 4. Working together to help fish cross (under) the road. The Bad River Watershed Association is a non-profit that works with local and federal authorities to remove impediments such as poorly placed culverts.

Chapter 5. Larger is better. Conservation biologists know that larger preserves are better than smaller ones (all else being equal). Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources and its many partners are piecing together tens of thousands of acres of habitat to benefit regionally rare and declining species.

Chapter 6. The Prairie Enthusiasts, a regional grassroots non-profit, grows to meet the needs of fire-adapted ecosystems. "Our ecosystems, by their very nature, demand that our members go out and cut down trees, cut brush, and burn. ... We have to manage these prairies and savannas or they'll disappear." --Evanne Hunt, former president of The Prairie Enthusiasts.

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