Nature's Second Chance
Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie FarmBook - 2009
Foreword by Nina Bradley Leopold From an internationally recognized restoration ecologist, the twenty-first-century sequel to the best-selling classic A Sand County Almanac Renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold once wrote, A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it does otherwise. Years after his passing, his land ethic as embodied in these words is a centerpiece for the modern conservation and ecological restoration movement in America and around the world. Few have taken Leopold's vision more to heart than Steven Apfelbaum, who has, over the last thirty years, transformed his 80-acre Stone Prairie Farm in Wisconsin into a biologically diverse ecosystem of prairie, wetland, spring-fed brook, and savanna. Nature's Second Chance is the story of that transformation as well as of the work of the firm Apfelbaum started, first restoring neighboring farms, then neighboring states, and now land in countries around the world. Nature's Second Chance breathes with a refreshing air of ecological possibility, drawing from the author's personal story of how he has, with help, succeeded in turning back the clock on development to give nature--and humanity--a second chance at sustaining healthy ecosystems. Apfelbaum's story demonstrates how humans might play a starring role in healing the planet by implementing Leopold's land ethic, one farm, lot, or brownfield at a time. In A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold struggled to define a 'land ethic.' In Nature's Second Chance, Steven Apfelbaum documents the struggle to put it into practice, and explores the application and implications of becoming partof the land community. Although the reader will see some parallels among the plethora of 'back to the land' books, none come even close to the insight provided in the pages of Nature's Second Chance. With the keen eye of a naturalist and the pragmatic perspective of a practitioner, Apfelbaum has picked up where Leopold left off, and carries the reader to the next level of land ethics. -- Dr. Alan Haney, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, co-editor of Ecosystem Management
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c2009.
Characteristics: xiv, 242 p. ;,23 cm.