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Session 7 [clear filter]
Saturday, February 23

4:10pm CST

SPLIT SESSION: Habitat Potential of Post-industrial Landscapes / Novel Ecosystems : What's All the Fuss About?
Habitat Potential of Post-industrial Landscapes
Dr. Lauren Umek, Chicago Park District and Alison Anastasio, University of Chicago
Slag is a byproduct from the steel industry with properties similar to dolomite. Restoration ecology methods suggest to cover slag fields with at least 12" of topsoil, but existing plant communities suggest that these sites could host unique species more typical to a dolomite prairie. We present this concept and preliminary results of a study exploring the ecological potential of these sites.

Novel Ecosystems : What's All the Fuss About?
Thomas Simpson, McHenry County Conservation District
Is "Novel Ecosystem" simply another name for a buckthorn thicket? Or, is it the leading edge of a new way of looking at the practice of conservation, which rejects the past (think historical prairie or oak savanna) as relevant to our management of land for the future?  A serious consideration of Novel Ecosystems and related ideas challenges us to better understand why we do Ecological Restoration.

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Alison Anastasio

University of Chicago and Rainbow Beach Dunes Community Steward, Chicago Park District
urban ecology and evolution; plants; teaching environmental and urban studies at University of Chicago; grad programs in biological and environmental fields; Rainbow Beach Dunes stewardship; plant and human communities in the Calumet region

Thomas Simpson

McHenry County Conservation District
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Lauren Umek

Chicago Park District

Saturday February 23, 2019 4:10pm - 4:55pm CST
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