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We All Should Vote Yes for the Forest Preserves of Cook County

For Cook County residents, here's an incredibly easy way to help fight climate change and support biodiversity. A slightly different version was published in the   Oak Park Wednesday Journal on October 18, 2022. At the beginning of the 20th century, a group of farsighted people had the novel idea to create the Cook County Forest Preserves system, the first of its kind in the country. It was a daunting task to plan, persuade people, and get laws through the legislature. Only then did the real work begin of purchasing and managing vast acreage, developing public programs, and conserving biodiversity while catering to humans. None of this was easy. Starting with an initial purchase of 500 acres in 1916, today the FPDCC comprises 70,000 acres of natural and recreational areas stretching from Lake-Cook Road south to Steger Road. Consequently, Cook County, home to over 5 million people, can also boast that it’s the most biodiverse county in the state.  In this time of global warming, en

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An Absence of Some Months

A Small Prairie Garden

On Summer Break, Back Soon

All Kinds of Nightshade

Guest Post at Beautiful Wildlife Garden

Problematic Pokeweed

Beware the Dreadful Bindweed

A Date with Some Turtles

Ecological Reality Is Not What You Hypothesize

How Gardening Is Not Writing

Matteo and His Fig Tree

Spring Dispatches from the Backyard

April is Poetry Month 2011: "Segovia's Every Tree in Its Shadow"

The Earth Day Reading Project: A Blog Meme

We Need More Native Plants in Our Parks

In Praise of Native Shrubs

It's Time for Your Lawn to Make Peace with the Earth!

"Attracting Native Pollinators"

One Year on the Blog

Sandhill Cranes and Spring Resolutions

An Historical Precedent for the Polyculture Lawn

The Wild Things Conference

(GMO) Alfalfa and Our Future

Guest Post at Beautiful Wildlife Garden

A Hedgerow Project

Pollinator Garden Resources on the Web

Two Classic Accounts of Living with Nature

Rambling around the Web

Let's Talk About Bees

Non-native Plants I Won't Deep Six

Hummingbird Facts and Nature Rants