By Mike Papciak
Across the nation, activists are repairing and restoring streams, grasslands, and other neglected and abused habitats. Now the World Wide Web connects these projects, so that the smallest effort can benefit from the largest sources of information. Start with the Society for Ecological Restoration, an international nonprofit organization focusing on ecosystem repair and management. The Society's site provides guidelines for people interested in setting up their own restoration projects.
The EPA's River Corridor and Wetland Restoration page offers extensive background on its programs and principles, as well as details about the agency's Five-Star Restoration Grant Program, which provides funds to community-based partnerships that undertake wetland and streamside repair projects.
Restore America's Estuaries includes a discussion room called "Habitalk," where you can exchange information about restoration efforts with others and get updates on proposed legislation.
To learn about mangrove forests, click on the Mangrove Replenishment Initiative's Web site; for Native-American seeds, go to www.seedsource.com; native plants, look up the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (formerly the National Wildflower Research Center).
For background on the seminal work of conservationist Aldo Leopold (see "Leopold's Gift," January/February 2001) check out the Aldo Leopold Foundation and read excerpts from his writings at http://gargravarr.cc.utexas.edu/chrisj/leopold-quotes.html.
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