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Want to become a restoration ecologist but have some hangups

I’m planning to go into prairie restoration as a career for a few reasons. I care deeply for the environment and want to make a difference. I enjoy being outdoors. Also, most of my hobbies (art, gaming, coding, etc.) are indoors and very digital, so I want to balance that with a healthy dose of nature.

However, I have a couple of things I’m worried about.

First, I don’t want to use herbicides too much. I’m concerned about chronic health effects from long term exposure. Unfortunately most of the job listings I see require use of a backpack sprayer. Should I look for groups that are against herbicide use and work with them? Is it possible to tell an employer that I am not comfortable using excessive amounts of herbicide?

Second, it seems like the higher paying jobs are highly writing-based. I would be interested in some project management, like ordering seeds/plants from nurseries, deciding which plants go where, mapping an area, etc. I can also collect data in the field for sure. But I do not want to spend hours in front of a computer under LED lights. If you’re a restoration ecologist, could you tell me what type of work you do and how much of it is physical labor vs sending emails? I lean more toward the physical labor side of things. I know this clashes with my aversion to herbicides and makes things more difficult, but I don’t know exactly how much it will disadvantage me.

The anwers I’m looking for are, mostly, your personal experience in the field, and what you recommend to a newcomer. I would also like your honest opinion on whether or not my stances are reasonable.

Edit: Fixed typo "date" to "data"

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Non-native / invasive control in a backyard wildflower garden?

I am seeking input on dealing with a few invasives in my newish backyard wildflower patch (~700 sq ft). Medium to heavy shade from a couple black walnuts. Rich, recently imported top soil, fairly moist. Located in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

Last spring I covered bare soil in a seed mix (Shady Woodland Seed Mix | Prairie Moon Nursery) and mowed periodically through the season. I was happy to see a significant increase in wild flower establishment this spring compared to last year.

That said there are significant populations of Motherwort, Common Chickweed, and Ground Ivy, and a few plants of Goutweed, Giant Ragweed, and a couple Thistles.

I'm under the impression that pulling up all the non-natives will have the negative effect of soil disturbance. I am considering spot spraying glyphosate (horror of horrors!). The increase of the ratio of wild flowers to non native weeds from last year to this year gives me hope that I'm headed in the right direction.

Any advice? Anyone have experience with those particular plants (especially Motherwort, Chickweed, and Ground Ivy) in a wild flower patch?

All insights are welcome and appreciated!

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Can I support myself with a conservation project?

I have 16 acres of monoculture ash woodland in the south west of England that I inherited from my grandfather. It's sadly riddled with dieback and I wanted to take this opportunity to diversify/reinvigorate the ecosystem. I intend to plant new trees, dig ponds, create habitats and wetland, put up bird boxes, bat roosts, and insect hotels. I've been in touch with an ecologist and together we hope to plant violets to encourage the return of the pearl bordered fritillary that used to be common in the area. I also want to make the site a place for the community to come and learn about nature and conservation, through classes, workshops and talks.

The problem is I have no money and I really want to commit to this full time, is there a way I can earn a living doing this? It feels like a pipe dream the idea I could be paid to do something I genuinely want to do, but if there is any way I can i would love some advice, Thanks y'all.

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What do ya'll know about Syntropic Agroforestry? Itiw save this world from so much suffering.

Ernst Götsch.

Massive restoration success in Brazil.

Dealing with land that was deemed 'hopelessly degraded' in a rainforest ecosystem.

Massive recovery that has lead to agricultural producing farms capes.

Do yall know about this method? Weisizz interpreted it as integrating natures eco-fractals of arrangement into planting techniques.

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Please sign this petition to reintroduce the American beaver to the Santa Ana River.

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Advice on Eco Restoration career path?


My dream career is to be hands on in the field doing ecosystem restoration work. Unfortunately I'm not in a position to go back to college for a Bachelors in the field.

Does anyone have any ideas on steps I can take to get a job doing this? Getting a Pesticide Applicators license and/or Wildland Fire certifications are on my to-do list. I'll be moving to the Kansas City area in a few months so if anyone happens to know of resources in the area I would greatly appreciate it!

Thank you!!

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ISO Fun (/chaotic) river restoration themed team names!!

Hive mind -

Our river and shoreline restoration company has recently divided into 'teams' and we need a team name! Science themed, rivers, hydrology, ecology.... the more chaotic, fun, or punny the better.... Thank you :)

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Converting a conventional farming system into a syntropic one

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"Native Plants: Healthy Planet & Healthy People" Blog Series - Part 1

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Planting shrubs on our lake to increase biodiversity and provide more nectar for early pollinators. We also had two trees go for a dip!

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Anyone in Michigan that works for EGLE?!

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After more than 6 years of development, my nature simulation game has FINALLY been released!!!

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April is National Native Plant Month

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Quick Survey on Food systems

Hi, I am a Michigan student and doing a research on food systems, if you have 5 mins can you take this quick survey?


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Resources for finding the best species for my region?

I’m an environmental scientist by degree with a bit too much time on my hands, looking to do some geurilla restoration gardening in an abandoned 6 acre forested parcel owned the municipality, adjacent to my home in southwest PA. It is absolutely over run with morrow and japanese honeysuckle, garlic mustard, and most of all deer. There is a healthy population of adult trees, but the understory diversity is next to zero. I need resources for trees and shrubs that won’t get obliterated by the deer, are good for a starting ecosystem, and suit the soil type (which seems to be a loamy clay). I don’t want to start removing invasives until I have something to replace them, otherwise the sudden open sunny spaces will fill with Poa and Alliaria. Also, this is a HUGE empty lot. I need to find a cheap way to source these plants, and am considering looking into gamelands and parks that allow foraging as a legal adjacent way to acquire them (dont worry i know how to harvest sustainably), but I have yet to dive into the details of where that is allowed. If anyone has any insight to that I’d appreciate it

Thank you for reading all of this

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I want to be an Ecological Restoration Engineer, help.

TLDR: Studying Environmental Resource Engineering, how to be qualified in ecology without a degree? + more questions at bottom.

Hi all, I am a undergrad student at Cal Poly Humboldt. I declared myself as an ESM: Ecological Restoration and Environmental Resource Engineering double major when I got accepted and enrolled last fall. Now I am one year in and the fat stack of units staring me down (along with the rising costs of tuition) are making me reevaluate how long I am willing to be in school. That being said I am a first generation college student and I have about 1 more year of financial aid help before I will have to pay for my tuition with my life savings. (No, I won't take out loans.)

I am in love with learning about ecology and the complexities of the relationships that make life possible on Earth; this human and other-than-human expanse of life is very precious to me. I am also nurturing a blossoming excitement and apptitude for the world of engineering, how it so intimately shapes the lives we all live, and the dramatic impacts of equity, resilience, and rejuvination that engineering can have when applied in a mindful, contextual way. I am very interested in both the Peace Corps and Engineers Without Boarders.

So, recently, I have decided that I am going to drop my double major. I have decided that with the rising costs of tuition and my desire for finacial security, I would like to get out without having to spend my entire life savings. This means that I will only get a bachelors degree in Environmental Resource Engineering.

Helpful information: I am already volunteering with a local non-profit to pull invasive plants and perform ecological restoration. I have done this for the entire academic year, so 1 year of experience. I am planning on volunteering with them during the summer and next year also. And, I am planning on getting my California Naturalist Certificate after I graduate.

My question(s) for you all are:

How can I study ecology myself? (I love to read and be outside)

What are the main ecological skills / knowledges that are sought out for the field of Ecology?

What else is out there besides a degree and CN certificate?

How much of this kind of work is Desk Engineering vs Hands in the Dirt/ Feet in the Field?

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Wild Ones Receives Partner Award for educational efforts

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Keeping eastern red cedar out of the prairies in Nebraska

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Where to find good historical rainfall data (US, by county)

I am working on a paper for a vegetation study I conducted that did not directly measure, but was likely influenced by, large differences in rainfall year to year. I am searching for rainfall data 2016-2020. I just need a full-year average for each year, although monthly totals would be better.

I am aware of the NOAA database at https://www.climate.gov/maps-data/dataset/past-weather-zip-code-data-table and the associated climate data online search, but when I enter the date range and zip, the data I get are only for 2016. I've been struggling to find this elsewhere. Any tips? TIA

Edit: Thanks everyone! I really appreciate all the responses.

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Would appreciate advice on landscaping this waterfront area in Annapolis, MD

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This is what affects water quality and climate." #dnipro #ecology #climate #water

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