Books

Laughing in the Wilderness: Adventures in the North Woods and Other Stories

Alan Haney, Steven I. Apfelbaum, Schneider Publishers, 2015

A collection of 35 short stories that describe actual humorous events that occurred during the preparation, travel, and wilderness adventures of the two authors over the 40 years they have conducted classes and field research, mostly in the Quetico-Superior region.

The authors, seasoned wilderness travelers both, are well-published professional ecologists, but one need not be a field scientist to appreciate the human foibles that are the basis for their humor.

Anyone who has canoed or done much primitive camping will be reminded of incidents in their own experience which, while often not amusing at the time, became funny as the experience was later shared around a campfire, or in the comfort of a living room back home.


Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land

The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration Series
Steven I. Apfelbaum and Alan W. Haney, Island Press, 2012

Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land is the first practical guidebook to give restorationists and would-be restorationists with little or no scientific training or background the “how to” information and knowledge they need to plan and implement ecological restoration activities. The book sets forth a step-by-step process for developing, implementing, monitoring, and refining on-the-ground restoration projects that is applicable to a wide range of landscapes and ecosystems.

The first part of the book introduces the process of ecological restoration in simple, easily understood language through specific examples drawn from the authors’ experience restoring their own lands in southern and central Wisconsin. It offers systematic, step-by-step strategies along with inspiration and benchmark experiences. The book’s second half shows how that same “thinking” and “doing” can be applied to North America’s major ecosystems and landscapes in any condition or scale.

No other ecological restoration book leads by example and first-hand experience like this one. The authors encourage readers to champion restoration of ecosystems close to where they live…at home, on farms and ranches, in parks and preserves. It provides an essential bridge for people from all walks of life and all levels of experience—from land trust member property stewards to agency personnel responsible for restoring lands in their care—and represents a unique and important contribution to the literature on restoration.


The Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land Workbook

The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration Series
Steven I. Apfelbaum and Alan W. Haney, Island Press, 2012

Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land was the first practical guidebook to give restorationists and would-be restorationists with little or no scientific background the “how to” information and knowledge they need to plan and implement ecological restoration activities. The book sets forth a step-by-step process for developing, implementing, monitoring, and refining on-the-ground restoration projects that is applicable to a wide range of landscapes and ecosystems.

This companion workbook describes more fully the planning tools and techniques outlined in the book and offers a wealth of specific resources, including worksheets and spreadsheets to help you determine what equipment and plant materials you need, create project schedules, monitor results, and estimate costs. Online versions of the forms are available, making it even easier for you to incorporate them into your own projects.

Both books make the process of restoration accessible to everyone, from professionalland managers to volunteer stewards. The tools offered will help you collect and process the information you need to make good decisions about your projects and are an invaluable resource for anyone thinking about or working on a hands-on restoration project.


Nature’s Second Chance: Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm

Steven I. Apfelbaum, foreword by Nina Leopold Bradley, Beacon Press, 2009

Renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold once wrote, “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it does otherwise.”

Few have taken Leopold’s vision more to heart than Steven I. Apfelbaum, who has, over the last thirty years, transformed his eighty-acre Stone Prairie Farm in Wisconsin into a biologically diverse ecosystem of prairie, wetland, spring-fed brook, and savanna. In healing his land, Apfelbaum demonstrates how humans might play a starring role in healing the planet.

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