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If you want people to know about your past, run for public office.

Ole thinks about places to go

Ay haff been to a lot of places, but Ay’ve neffer been in Cahoots. Apparently yew can’t go dare alone. Yew haff to be in Cahoots vit anutter guy – or girl.

Ay’ve also neffer been in Cognito, eider. People tell me dat no von recognizes yew dare.

Ay vould like to go to Conclusions, but Ay hear dat yew haff to yump to get dare.

Ay haff, however, been in Sane. It does not haff an airport; yew haff to be driven dare. Ay haff made several trips, tanks to my friends and family.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft, and it’s the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. Wernher von Braun

Humans need continuous and spontaneous affiliations with the biological world, and meaningful access to natural settings is as vital to the urban dweller as to any other.---Dr. Stephen Kellert, Yale University

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.---Mahatma Gandhi

Hospitality is making your guests feel at home even when you wish they were.

There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 a.m. Like it could be the right number.

A paleontologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets, the more interested he is in her.

A diplomat is someone who tells you to go to hell in such a way that you look forward to the trip.

There's no trick to being a humorist when you've got the whole government working for you.---Will Rogers

If we had no faults, we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others.---Francois VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Fall 2011 Issue - Vol. 8, No. 3
Preview the Fall 2011 issue.

  • Oak savannas lead off this issue, along with the fascinating personal stories of “Savanna Saviors” that I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading.

  • Another personal story is that of Steven Apfelbaum and Susan Lehnhardt. You’ll read how their love of the land and love for each other, together with a lot of hard work, healed the scarred landscape of a rundown Wisconsin farm and led to bigger projects.

  • Remember the words “Community-based conservation.” The concept is already big, and it’s getting bigger in ecological restoration. Read how area landowners are signing up for programs that create corridors of improved habitat.

  • The Yard Lady and Tree Guy are back this issue to share their thoughts on natural landscaping and sustainable forestry. And Ole admits that he has never been in Cahoots. Uff Da!

------------~ Mrs. Woods

The joy of restoration. Sibylla Brown shares the story of an oak-savanna restoration that led to a movement in southern Iowa. Page 4.
Portrait of a savanna. Rare lady’s slipper orchids herald the transformation of an overgrown woodland following controlled burns by Sibylla and Bill Brown. Pages 10-11.
Savanna Saviors. John and Sharon Orvis stepped in to buy the land hours before these white oaks were to be logged by the previous owner. Page 16.
Bonded to the land and each other. The remarkable story of Steven Apfelbaum and Susan Lehnhardt, who put the science of ecological restoration into practice on a rundown Wisconsin farm. Page22.
Community conservation. Residents of the Sugar River Watershed are working together to protect soil and water resources which directly affect their lives. This community approach could be a model for where you live. Page 27.
Be patient. Subdivision residents wondered why the promised wildflowers took so long to develop in the natural landscaping of the common area. Yard Lady Inger Lamb (right) was on hand to listen and explain. Page 34.
A time to reap. Tree Guy Jack Knight (right) and consulting forester John Olds size up a black walnut while setting a course for sustainable harvests in the future. Page 28.
"Our industry is committed to the environment. All of our lobbyists are 100% recycled congressmen."
“We should plant trees.” We pay tribute to the late Wangari Maahai, the “Tree Mother of Africa” and Nobel laureate, whose simple idea inspired the planting of many millions of trees, and helped empower rural women. Page 3.

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