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Nature's Second Chance: Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm

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ISBN13: 9780807085820
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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 part of 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

“Living with the land, and not just simply on it, has never been more imperative - and Steven Apfelbaum is the perfect guide to that new symbiosis. Nature's Second Chance is part memoir, part road map for a more sustainable future, drawn from Apfelbaum's three decades of hard-won experience restoring the ecological links on his Wisconsin farm.” —Scott Weidensaul, author of Of a Feather and Return to Wild America

“Steeped in the tradition of Leopold’s land ethic, this volume chronicles the maturation of a young environmental idealist into successful ecological entrepreneur. While Leopold pleaded that we disassociate economic gain from our valuation of natural lands, this volume expands the land ethic to embrace the economic drivers that, if properly harnessed, can help restore our planet. This account of personal transformation confirms that we, the greater restoration community, can and must engage the greater economy while remaining true to our core ecological values. This is the rebirth of nature for which the author labors.” —John A. Shuey, Director of Conservation Science, Indiana Office of the Nature Conservancy

Review:

"This page-turner for nature lovers will captivate readers who have harbored fantasies of moving back to the land and who will appreciate its mingling of environmental theory, policy prescription and vivid personal anecdote. Inspired by Aldo Leopold's Sand County Almanac, Apfelbaum, founder and president of Applied Ecological Services, 'dreamt of a home that would allow me... to become deeply involved with the land, where I could live simply.' He founded Stone Prairie Farm in southern Wisconsin on 80 acres, surrounded by cornfields, farm machinery and grazing cattle. The book relates the 30-year adventure of restoring the farm to prairie, following the author as he befriends the neighbors and finds a mate. With her, he gathers native seeds by bicycle, engages in controlled — and some not-so-controlled — burning, negotiates with hunters and gardeners as the land becomes a prime spot for deer and wild turkeys, and inspires his local community, as well as the reader, to consider a more ecologically friendly and spiritually satisfying relationship with the land." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Synopsis:

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

About the Author

Steven I. Apfelbaum is founder, president, and senior ecologist of the firm Applied Ecological Services, known for its international science-based ecological design and restoration work. He lives in Juda, Wisconsin, on Stone Prairie Farm.

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John Graham, June 23, 2009 (view all comments by John Graham)
A very inspirational story of the author's 30-year quest to restore the ecology of his farm. He also includes an intriguing glimpse of a future where ecological restoration and economic health go hand-in-hand.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780807085820
Subtitle:
Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Foreword by:
Bradley, Nina Leopold
Foreword:
Bradley, Nina Leopold
Author:
Apfelbaum, Steven
Author:
Apfelbaum, Steven I.
Subject:
Restoration ecology
Subject:
Wisconsin
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Naturalists, Gardeners, Environmentalists
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Restoration ecology -- Wisconsin.
Subject:
Prairie restoration - Wisconsin
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Biography-Gardeners and Naturalists
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090201
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.8 x 5.8 x .9 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Ecology
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General

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Product details 256 pages Beacon Press - English 9780807085820 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This page-turner for nature lovers will captivate readers who have harbored fantasies of moving back to the land and who will appreciate its mingling of environmental theory, policy prescription and vivid personal anecdote. Inspired by Aldo Leopold's Sand County Almanac, Apfelbaum, founder and president of Applied Ecological Services, 'dreamt of a home that would allow me... to become deeply involved with the land, where I could live simply.' He founded Stone Prairie Farm in southern Wisconsin on 80 acres, surrounded by cornfields, farm machinery and grazing cattle. The book relates the 30-year adventure of restoring the farm to prairie, following the author as he befriends the neighbors and finds a mate. With her, he gathers native seeds by bicycle, engages in controlled — and some not-so-controlled — burning, negotiates with hunters and gardeners as the land becomes a prime spot for deer and wild turkeys, and inspires his local community, as well as the reader, to consider a more ecologically friendly and spiritually satisfying relationship with the land." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , 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

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