Carving Up the Woods: Savanna Restoration in Northeastern Illinois
Ecological restoration in northeastern Illinois woodlands, particularly the attempt to turn these woodlands into "savannas," is critiqued philosophically, for viewing natural systems as static rather than dynamic entities; and theoretically, for misreading the concept of the vegetational continuum, as outlined by Henry Gleason, John Curtis and others. More important, the restorations we have witnessed, specifically in Cap Sauer's Holdings, a dedicated Illinois Nature Preserve, have misinterpreted or simply ignored topographic and edaphic factors in their choice of sites. Perhaps as a result of this, increasingly intrusive means - girdling, fire and poison - must be employed to achieve ends unsuitable to the landscapes and plant assemblages chosen.
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Mendelson J, Aultz SP, Mendelson JD. Carving up the woods. savanna restoration in northeastern illinois. Restoration Manage. Notes. 1992;10(2):127-31.