Miracle Under the Oaks



Miracle Under the Oaks It is hardly news that our planet is on the brink of ecological disaster Yet amid the alarming headlines, a grassroots restoration movement, comprised largely of everyday people and sponsored by organizations like The Nature Conservancy, has sprouted up and become the most vital environmental force in America This compelling story of heroism and tenacious human spirit the first book to look at this momentous new movement brings alive one of its most astonishing victories.Once a thriving habitat, Vestal Grove, a tract of land along the Chicago River, was abandoned and on the edge of oblivion But Steve Packard, a charismatic, modern day Thoreau, was determined to bring it back With a small troop of volunteers, he began clearing the land only to make an amazing discovery Vestal Grove was a long lost ecosystem Neither prairie nor forest, it was a living community so finely turned that only certain flora and fauna could live in its unique dapple of sun and shade The challenge was to unearth its ecological Rosetta stone and find the secrets of its survival Little did Packard and the others know just how wondrous those secrets would be.A page turning mystery, inspirational drama, and uplifting testament to a new breed of American pioneer, Miracle Under the Oaks is an important book for everyone environmentalists, lovers of natures, dedicated gardeners, and the new generation that will inherit the earth. Download Miracle Under the Oaks Author William K. Stevens – bluevapours.co.uk

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  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Miracle Under the Oaks
  • William K. Stevens
  • English
  • 17 August 2017
  • 067178045X

10 thoughts on “Miracle Under the Oaks

  1. Adam says:

    The discovery of the Oak Savanna in Chicago ought to be a major story in the environmental movement and a fundamental myth of the restoration ecology community But it took me nearly a year of research into restoration inspired by an agricultural system modeled after oak savannas, mind you Restoration Agriculture to find this book and learn what oak savannas even are The restoration materials I ve found all focus on prairies as the true territory of eco centric restoration wetlands, forests The discovery of the Oak Savanna in Chicago ought to be a major story in the environmental movement and a fundamental myth of the restoration ecology community But it took me nearly a year of research into restoration inspired by an agricultural system modeled after oak savannas, mind you Restoration Agriculture to find this book and learn what oak savannas even are The restoration materials I ve found all focus on prairies as the true territory of eco centric restoration wetlands, forests, and mine projects are impure seconds due to their corruption by legal requirements, corporate firms, and non native species I was literally trying to figure out how to design a landscape to mimic savannas wit...

  2. Erin says:

    This book hits close to homeit describes in great detail the beginning of the North Branch Restoration Project, of which I am a member and site steward Along the North Branch of the Chicago River, in the north suburbs, there is a string of forest preserves that have been adopted by local nature aficionados Over the last 30 or so years, these stewards have learned much about ecological restoration through trial and error, and have managed to restore health to sites that were previously fly d This book hits close to homeit describes in great detail the beginning of the North Branch Restoration Project, of which I am a member and site steward Along the North Branch of the Chicago River, in the north suburbs, t...

  3. Mark says:

    An excellent piece of book length journalism on one of my favorite topics ecological restoration Tells the story of the beginning of what could be a very helpful movement in our culture s relationship with nature The biggest complaint I have is only because I read the book 17 years too late I am really curious about what has happened since, but there s a lot to say for being inspired to look into it That said, this book is still very much worth a read It is a great description of an impo An excellent piec...

  4. Michael says:

    While Stevens often gets wrapped up in the mind boggling and numbing bureaucratic wranglings of The Nature Conservancy and The North Branch Project, Miracle Under the Oaks is energized by his fluid recounting of Steve Packard s unique and savvy vision, his...

  5. Sandra Kinzer says:

    Much better than I expected If I weren t a prairie savanna restoration intern right now at Faville Grove Sanctuary , it probably wouldn t have been as enjoyable Still, quality writing focused on the people and landsca...

  6. David says:

    Very interesting to me since I worked on a prairie crew in 1990 91 at Poplar Creek and intend to do so again very soon.

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