Northern & Central Midwest

August, 2011
Regional Report

Web Finds

Natural Resources Conservation Services

Natural Resources Conservation Services
may seem a daunting website at first because there is so much information. But this is a great place to go to research just about anything regarding native habitats and how to maintain or restore them. There are journal articles, plant lists, lists of noxious weeds, information about wildlife species of all kinds, and just about anything else you might need to get totally immersed in restoring a natural landscape.

Books

Bringing Ecological Principles into Your Yard
If you have any interest whatsoever in planting and maintaining an ecologically sound wildlife haven, Planting Noah's Garden by Sara Stein (Houghton Mifflin, 1997) is a book you must read. Stein loves the messiness of a wild garden, yet accepts the responsibility for keeping out invading species and those that might just not be welcome. She talks at length about reestablishing native habitats and how to do it responsibly rather than just letting things go wild, choked with alien species. She talks readily about including habitats not only for wildlife but also for children -- places for them to turn over rocks and logs and to find all manner of interesting natural things.

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