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The Restoration Economy by Storm Cunningham

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5Restoring Our Ecosystems: Lakes, Wetlands, Prairies, Shores, and Others

The wounds we have inflicted on the Earth can be healed… But if it is to be done, it must be done now. Otherwise, it may never be done at all.

Jonathon Porritt, Save the Earth, 1991

“Isn’t this an incredible woodland?” asked Sue Welles, Land Preservation Coordinator of the Delaware Nature Society. She was addressing Bob Oertel, who was reporting on the nature society’s restoration success story in the September/October 2001 issue of Land and Water magazine, a leading publication for major U.S. landowners, engineers, and contractors. Just five years earlier, this gorgeous expanse of white and red oaks, tulip poplar, red maple, and white ash—most 10 to 15 feet tall—had ...

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