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

Guest Post at Beautiful Wildlife Garden

Carole Brown, at Beautiful Wildlife Garden, has put up a guest post I wrote about reconciliation ecology and its importance as a first principle for gardeners. I feel honored to have been invited to post at such a well-known and popular blog. You can find "Reconciliation Ecology and the Beautiful Wildlife Garden" here.

Comments

Gail said…
Loved it Adrian, gail
Don Plummer said…
Congratulations on being a guest blogger!

Tallamy's book is one of my favorites, too. I got to meet him last year. He was the keynote speaker at the Ohio Botanical Symposium. I would have loved to have him as a teacher.
Hi Don,

Lucky you. He has really popularized native plant gardening.
Anonymous said…
Adrian, I was delighted to see your guest post earlier today at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. Like all your posts, it was thoughtful and so well written. I am in the middle of reading Tallamy's book and finding it very engrossing. -Jean
hi Jean,

Thanks. Yes, Tallamy's book puts everything in such good perspective. I really like the pictures, too.