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The purpose of your conservation or restoration plan


April 12 - Topics ideas due - post on wiki.

April 26 - Outline (Goals and site info) due - post on wiki.

May 17 - Draft Plan due - post on wiki.

June 1 - Final Plan due - post on wiki.


Your major project will be a conservation or restoration plan that uses your knowledge of prairie ecology towards the goal of greater sustainablity.


You can work in groups of any size, but keep in mind that the final work needs to be comensurate with the size of your group.

The plan could be a spring break job or your life's workbut, however big or small, you must describe a concrete, executable plan! 


We'll find the $$ to do this by asking the university (if its campus related), your landlord or mortgage company (if its home related), city, for federal granting agency. We'll ask NASA or NSF, both fund sustainability studies, as does the Joyce Foundation.  This project can be completely colaborative eg the whole class, or several groups, or an individual  aspiration, but it needs to be workable.  Sustainable re-development locally planned is the solution and we will generate specific solutions, and perhaps execute some of them.



Components of the paper

You can organize your paper in whatever way you think best, but remember a strong, clear structure is essential for communicating your ideas.

Here is a checklist of questions that you will need to address explicitly:

  1. What are the potential benefits of your plan?
  2. What ecological principles and information underlies your plan?
  3. What is the current state at the site?
  4. Who owns/manages/uses the site and what are their needs or goals?
  5. What are the steps toward the ultimate goal?
  6. How much will each part cost?
  7. Who will do the work and how long will it take?
  8. What will be the broader impact of your plan on the community?



Have at look at this plan from the EPA:


The size and scope of this project is much larger than your project, but their plan gives you an idea of how to organize a proposal.

First there is a general introduction, then a list of specific project goals. Next they present the scientific justification and management plans in more detail, before concluding with a broad summary.


Here are some examples of topics to help you get started.

Make a plan to:

  1. Create a demonstration reconstructed prairie at the Museum of Science and Industry
  2. Create a green roof with native prairie plants on a local building
  3. Plant a prairie at a schoolyard and developing a lesson plan for the students
  4. Build a sustainable housing development like Prairie Crossing
  5. Landscape the University of Chicago with native plants
  6. Integrate a commercial wind farm and restored prairie in Illinois or your home state
  7. Expand the restored prairies and prescribed burns in the Chicago Park District
  8. Natural Systems Agriculture, perennial grains  
  9. See Alison Nemirow <anemirow@uchicago.edu> Alison Nemirow, email her to get involved

Let me know if you'd like to go to the Land Institute for a short intensive course May 25-27, 2007

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