Save for the airport in Chicago, I haven't spent any time in the Midwest US. Up to this point, I fully expect it to be just as Garrison Keillor describes it on the radio (yes, I know he speaks of Minnesota and not Wisconsin but I'm lumping the "Midwest" at this point). As I've announced my intention to go to Madison, so many people have come up to say that it's a beautiful place. Indeed, it's won numerous awards for its quality of life (which I'll write about later). I've also read it described as "77 square miles surrounded by reality." Indeed, this is the kind of place I can get excited about.
Welcome to the first "Reading the Landscape" post!
The name of this blog reflects the initial steps in an ecological restoration process. Specifically, it refers to taking quiet time to contemplate and observe what you see on site before any detailed planning or work begins. It can be some of the most insightful work in the restoration process. With this idea in mind, I look forward to sharing thoughts and observations about community-based restoration and the Upper Newport Bay.
With your help, I've been able to secure funding to travel to and attend the 2013 Society for Ecological Restoration International conference from October 6-12 in Madison, Wisconsin. This is my first opportunity to spend time in the Midwest (I always seem to live near the ocean) and I'm excited to go. I've spoken to several people who have either visited or lived in Madison and everyone had fond memories to share. And, in general, I've heard only positive comments about Wisconsin, particularly its natural beauty and quality of life. Can't wait to see it all for myself!
I'll take time in the next few weeks to tell you more about Madison and my conference presentation preparation. It promises to be educational for me and I hope you enjoy the adventure. Thanks for reading!
I manage the Community-based Restoration and Education Program based in Newport Beach, CA. I'll be writing on updates around Upper Newport Bay and news in the world of community-based habitat restoration.