I took time to see the sites around Madison yesterday including the UW Arboretum. It was there in the 1930s that restoration pioneers including Aldo Leopold began practicing and studying ways to restore prairie. Much of the forests and prairie at that time in Wisconsin had been decimated in an effort to increase agricultural production. Now the oldest prairie restoration in existence, the Arboretum still acts as a world class research location as well as a place for the community to learn about and practice ecological restoration. While it was comforting to see restoration activities familiar to our work in Upper Newport Bay (for example, invasive species removal), it was less comforting to see they've been working these species for 80 years. But it was Leopold, when asked if his project was successful, who said: give it a thousand years. With that said, please join us soon for a restoration event!
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.