A Healthy Nature Handbook: Illustrated Insights for Ecological Restoration from Volunteer Stewards of Chicago Wilderness (Paperback)

A Healthy Nature Handbook: Illustrated Insights for Ecological Restoration from Volunteer Stewards of Chicago Wilderness By Justin Pepper (Editor), Don Parker (Editor) Cover Image
By Justin Pepper (Editor), Don Parker (Editor)
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Description


The Chicago metropolitan area is home to far more protected nature than most people realize. Over half a million acres of protected land known as the Chicago Wilderness are owned and managed by county forest preserve districts and other public and private sector partners. But there’s a critical factor of the Chicago Wilderness conservation effort that makes it unique: a pioneering grassroots volunteer community, thousands strong, has worked for decades alongside agency staff to restore these nearby natural areas, learning how to manage biodiversity in an altered and ever-changing urban context.
 
A Healthy Nature Handbook captures hard-earned ecological wisdom from this community in engaging and highly readable chapters, each including illustrated restoration sequences. Restoration leaders cover large-scale seeding approaches, native seed production, wetland and grassland bird habitat restoration, monitoring, and community building. 

Contributions from local artists bring the region’s beauty to life with vibrant watercolors, oil paintings, and sketches. A Healthy Nature Handbook is packed with successful approaches to restoring nature and is a testament to both the Chicago region’s surprising natural wealth and the stewards that are committed to its lasting health. 

About the Author


Justin Pepper is the Bobolink Foundation’s Chief Conservation Officer. Bobolink’s focus is biodiversity conservation in the Americas, emphasizing grasslands, wildlife, and community-based conservation.

Don Parker is a Chicago-region freelance writer, editor, and illustrator with extensive experience in the field of conservation including as a longtime habitat restoration volunteer and leader.

Praise For…


"At long last: insights into one of the most interesting and encouraging exercises in ecosystem restoration: Chicago Wilderness. A joy of a book."
— Thomas E. Lovejoy, George Mason University

"For decades, grassroots volunteers have fanned out by the thousands across Chicago, devoting themselves to restoration of the region’s diverse ecosystems. They have made this global metropolis a model and inspiration for all who care about the fate of human and natural communities. In these pages we get a view from the inside, and the great gift of lessons learned."
— Curt Meine, Conservation Biologist and Author

“With so much pervasively depressing environmental news, the uplifting success stories featured in this handbook are refreshingly optimistic and inspirational. The book should be required reading for any volunteers who want to become more effective, and for natural area stewards who want to augment their land management efforts with the help of a cadre of informed and motivated laypeople.”
 
— Natural Areas Journal

“Much of our knowledge on the effectiveness of habitat restoration practices comes from direct experiences like the ones presented in this book, and testaments such as this one deserve support.”
 
— Community Ecology

"At long last: insights into one of the most interesting and encouraging exercises in ecosystem restoration: Chicago Wilderness. A joy of a book."
— Thomas E. Lovejoy, George Mason University

"For decades, grassroots volunteers have fanned out by the thousands across Chicago, devoting themselves to restoration of the region’s diverse ecosystems. They have made this global metropolis a model and inspiration for all who care about the fate of human and natural communities. In these pages we get a view from the inside, and the great gift of lessons learned."
— Curt Meine, Conservation Biologist and Author


Product Details
ISBN: 9781642832426
ISBN-10: 1642832421
Publisher: Bobolink Foundation
Publication Date: October 28th, 2021
Pages: 168
Language: English