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Rewilding is the return of natural species and ecosystems to areas where they have been eradicated. This includes large-scale conservation aimed at restoring and protecting natural processes and core wilderness areas, providing connectivity between such areas, and protecting or reintroducing apex predators and keystone species. It also includes the return of wild plants and animals to spaces intended for humans, as well as the primitivist philosophy of rewilding humanity.

Rewilding is the return of natural species and ecosystems to areas where they have been eradicated. This includes large-scale conservation aimed at restoring and protecting natural processes and core wilderness areas, providing connectivity between such areas, and protecting or reintroducing apex predators and keystone species. It also includes the return of wild plants and animals to spaces intended for humans, as well as the primitivist philosophy of rewilding humanity.

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Looking for a mentor

I have the good fortune to have a job as a project manager for a large ecological wilding project on the great plains in the US.

The land is a private holding by one family and contains 300 acres of pasture and working horse farm and appx 1700 acres of undeveloped land. This large area contains multiple ecosystems including plains, closed canopy woodland, open canopy grasslands, bogs and former waterways, beaches, and a meandering river.

My official instructions are to create a self-sustaining asset that is a source of pride and connection to the family. They have mentioned placing the property into a 200 year easement to prevent future development. They are not eco-warriors, and in fact are conservative republicans, but they have a respect for nature.

I have a year and a half to develop a master plan for the wilds, and as of now I have no team to assist me.

I'm looking to connect with like-minded folks who have experience with this work at scale and would be interested in an ongoing conversation, providing feedback, and sharing resources.

Thanks all!

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2024/06/13
17:56 UTC

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Urban Rewilding - London UK

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2024/06/12
18:54 UTC

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Are any non-native species beneficial to their new ecosystems?

Everyone always attribute non native species as bad for ecpsystems or invasive, and for some species this is definitely the case (feral cats, spotted lanternfly, and lionfish just to name a few). But are there any cases where non-native species can be a good thing?

I'm no biologist, but I'd think that in some cases, non-native species could A: fufil niches left by extinct/extripated native species, B: help control true invasive species, or C: serve as backup populations for species struggling in their native range.

Are there any good examples of non-native species having positive effects, or at least no harmful effects on a new ecosystem?

8 Comments
2024/06/07
15:36 UTC

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Ecology/farming/gardening jobs...if you have/had one, please click this.

I work a boring, stupid 9-5 office job. I'm 27. I'm tired of wasting myself. I'm going to hang onto this rope until I can swing to my next: working with the earth.

Don't argue with me about staying here and trying to do stuff on the side. I'm not settling any longer. I need advice on how to break into this industry.

I make $60K currently. I'm willing to take a pay cut; the lowest being $45K. I live in Texas. I do a lot of volunteering on regenerative farms and biodynamic gardens. I'm interested in rewilding. I'm looking for any job that has to do with ecological restoration.

My work days don't have to be exciting every day, but they do need to be purposeful. I'm cutting down brush and building healthy ecosystems. I'm breaking up concrete and restoring soil.

Please. Anyone have recs, advice?

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2024/06/04
19:30 UTC

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The Ereme, year 2149 | by Sébastien Garnier

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2024/06/03
04:43 UTC

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Summer Reading List for Kids!

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2024/05/31
16:39 UTC

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Am I right or wrong?

Recently I have been cutting small non native/invasive trees in the forest. I am targeting Douglas firs and Sitka spruce trees that are suffocating smaller or slower growing native species like Scot’s pine, birch, holly and oak trees (Scotland). This is not my land but I don’t care.

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2024/05/26
11:20 UTC

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The Ereme - by Sébastien Garnier

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2024/05/24
15:48 UTC

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Tiny Forest documentary about the effects of the Miyawaki method in the Netherlands

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2024/05/21
23:41 UTC

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Bringing hippos, hyenas, and lions back to the Thames Valley?

In prehistoric times (some 600,000 years BP) there were hippos, hyenas, and even lions in the Thames Valley. What would it take to bring such early British megafauna back? And how would they change the ecosystem? If nothing else bringing hippos back on the Thames would make the annual Oxford-Cambridge boat race a LOT more interesting!

Joking aside, how large a range of river/marshland/forest would have to be set aside to make a viable habitat?

33 Comments
2024/05/21
00:34 UTC

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Britain's Lost Rainforests are Coming Back - Here's How

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2024/05/13
16:49 UTC

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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 / 65 sq meters). Medium to heavy shade from a couple black walnuts. Rich, recently imported top soil, fairly moist. Located in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA.

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!

4 Comments
2024/05/13
04:38 UTC

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Can I support myself with a conservation/ecology 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.

10 Comments
2024/05/10
17:39 UTC

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Thoughts on this rewilding project?

Our nonprofit organization is dedicated to reintroducing kelp seaweed along the coastline stretching from Rock a Nore in Hastings to Pett Level beach. Our goal is to establish thriving kelp forests to serve as vital habitats, offering a nursery, breeding ground, and shelter for a diverse array of wildlife, including mammals, fish, invertebrates, and birds. Additionally, we aim to mitigate CO₂ levels through these lush kelp ecosystems while also enhancing coastal resilience against flooding.

Support us - www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/hastingskelpproject

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2024/05/09
13:42 UTC

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

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2024/04/26
20:39 UTC

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Happy Earth Day folks 🌍🐳🦖🌱🌲

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2024/04/22
10:19 UTC

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Plant-aholic

https://youtu.be/zIkdp5uBRsM

I keep adding episodes of my rewilding yard project. Think you will enjoy.

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2024/04/19
20:04 UTC

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Two Additional Black-Footed Ferrets Born As a Result of Cloning

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2024/04/18
17:46 UTC

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