- Series: The Concord Library
- Hardcover: 237 pages
- Publisher: Beacon Pr; 1st edition (June 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807085340
- ISBN-13: 978-0807085349
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,482,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Service of the Wild: Restoring and Reinhabiting Damaged Land (The Concord Library) 1st Edition
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Although matters have been improving somewhat in recent years, industrial agriculture has historically damaged the land. Stephanie Mills, one of the leading proponents of the bioregional movement, a place-based environmental consciousness that has grown from a nice idea of the '60s into a powerful ethic, tackles a hard question head-on: How do we reconcile economic growth with conserving, or better, preserving wild places? In this book marked by good writing and good thinking, Mills proposes a program for restoring the land's poor cousins--overlogged forests and played-out fields, wildcat dumps and silted-up rivers--to something of their former health. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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A growing number of individuals have become actively engaged in ecological restoration. As Mills (Whatever Happened to Ecology?) defines it, "ecological restoration is the art and science of repairing damaged ecosystems to the greatest possible degree of historic authenticity." Here she repeatedly attempts to bridge the gap between art and science. The first half of the book, in highly personal prose, offers a paean to the 35 acres in northern Michigan she calls home. These chapters are not nearly as focused as those of the second half, which detail the specifics of five different restoration projects: Aldo Leopold's Sandy County Midwestern farm, which is acknowledged to be the birthplace of the restoration movement; the University of Wisconsin at Madison's arboretum; prairie preserves in and around Chicago; the Mattole River in Northern California; and Auroville, a supposedly self-sufficient, ecologically attuned village in tropical India. Interviews with the professionals and amateurs involved in the projects bring each to life and demonstrate the deep commitment some people develop to their environment.
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Mills examines our history of land ethic and looks at several examples of land restoration including Aldo Leopold's Sand County farm, projects in India (Auroville) to restore devastated landscapes, and NGO projects here in the US from the prairies of Illinois and Wisconsin to the mountain streams of the Pacific Northwest.
In Mill's own words: "This is hope, not a theory: if increasing numbers of us participate in ecological restoration where we live, we will learn with our flesh the difference between natural and artificial. Through positive engagement in ecosystems, we will come to revere evolution's fine and canny design process so greatly that we will stop at nothing to preserve all remaining species and the habitats they need. "
Mills resides in my native Michigan and I particularly enjoyed hearing about her thoughts on her Leelanau County land and her vivid descriptions of Great Lakes forests and wild country. I think anyone attached to any 1 acre yard, 40 acre farm or local conservation project would enjoy and be inspired by this book.