WBEZ | restoration http://www.wbez.org/tags/restoration Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Indonesia's controversial forest fires http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-11-09/indonesias-controversial-forest-fires-113707 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/6347177914_db9b785dfe_z.jpg" title="(Photo:Flickr/CIFOR)" /></div></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/232312328&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Indonesia&#39;s forest fires causing devestation, health problems</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">For the last couple of months enormous forest fires have been raging across Indonesia, with more than 100,000 fires reported. The fires are the result of land being cleared for palm oil production, in many instances where no concessions for palm tree farming had been granted. The fires have caused a dramatic increase in acute respiratory infections, even in countries neighboring Indonesia. We&rsquo;ll talk about why the government&rsquo;s been unable to get the fires under control with journalist Ted Fishman. He&rsquo;s the author of China Inc. and Shock of Grey and he&rsquo;s just returned from Indonesia.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em><span id="docs-internal-guid-fba00e42-edee-ccb6-7b8d-b6c04d287d3e">Ted Fishman is an op-ed columnist with USA Today and author of &lsquo;China Inc.&rsquo; and &#39;Shock of Grey&#39;.&nbsp;</span></em></p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/232312726&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Restoring &#39;Our Once and Future Planet&#39;</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Irish Journalist Paddy Woodworth has passion for environmental writing. But he&rsquo;d never heard of a &ldquo;restoration&rdquo; project until he was at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa and took part in a prairie weekend in 2003. That visit to a prairie restoration project started a global journey. Paddy spent years visiting restoration projects in Costa Rica, New Zealand, Chicago, and in his own backyard in Ireland. His book is &ldquo;Our Once and Future Planet: Restoring the World in Climate Change Century. &ldquo;Paddy Woodworth joins us to discuss the challenges restoration projects face.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em><span id="docs-internal-guid-fba00e42-edf1-aa90-c5fe-4bd9dd23b6b9">Paddy Woodworth is an Irish environmental journalist and the author of &lsquo;Our Once and Future Planet: Restoring the World in Climate Change Century&rsquo;.&nbsp;</span></em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-11-09/indonesias-controversial-forest-fires-113707 Restoring prairieland in Calumet's industrial corridor http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-01/restoring-prairieland-calumets-industrial-corridor-104751 <p><p><object height="465" width="620"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F34610267%40N05%2Fsets%2F72157632463820710%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2F34610267%40N05%2Fsets%2F72157632463820710%2F&amp;set_id=72157632463820710&amp;jump_to=" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=122138" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F34610267%40N05%2Fsets%2F72157632463820710%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2F34610267%40N05%2Fsets%2F72157632463820710%2F&amp;set_id=72157632463820710&amp;jump_to=" height="465" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=122138" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620"></embed></object></p><p>Sandwiched between the Bishop Ford Expressway and the Little Calumet River and within sight (and occasionally smell) of two landfills, Beaubien Forest Preserve is an unlikely swath of wet prairies and old-growth oak trees amid the industrial patchwork of Chicago&rsquo;s far Southeast Side.</p><p>Each month Laura Milkert, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Site Steward for Beaubien, leads volunteers on workdays to help maintain the Preserve&rsquo;s 135 acres. On Saturday they practiced a kind of eco-time travel, removing invasive species that have crowded out native species like white and burr oaks, redtop grass and rough blazing star. The goal is to restore a habitat that more closely resembles the area&rsquo;s original prairies and wetlands.</p><p>Though 209 native plant species have been identified at Beaubien, biodiversity has plummeted since invasives took root. Native species like big bluestem grass and buttonbush are not just visually appealing &mdash; they hold the soil against erosion and harbor wildlife. Biodiversity in prairie systems <a href="http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/03-5273?journalCode=ecap">can have a dramatic impact on an ecosystem&#39;s properties</a>.</p><p>In January, of course, those iconic (and exquisitely named) wildflower species would not be visible anyway, but the frozen ground afforded the volunteers a chance to clear away the invasive species that have colonized Beaubien without trampling the rest of the forest floor.</p><p>The invasives are the usual suspects for Northeast Illinois: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/botanic-garden-combats-buckthorn">buckthorn</a> and honeysuckle, mostly. The shrubs grow voraciously, crowding out sunlight otherwise destined for young oaks and other native plants. Volunteers sawed and hacked through the plants&rsquo; spindly branches, leaving oaks and other native species intact. They piled the brush onto a bonfire and applied herbicide selectively to the stumps of cleared invasives.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Beaubien_1938_0.jpg" title="The site of Beaubien Forest Preserve in 1938. (Raw Imagery: Illinois Natural Resources Geospatial Data Clearinghouse, Illinois State Geological Survey / Illinois Historical Aerial Photography 1937-1947. Georeferencing and image processing by Field Museum Staff.)" /></div><p><a href="http://calumetstewardship.org/news/featured-place-beaubien-woods-forest-preserve#.UOslEYnjli1">Once an important stop on the underground railroad</a>, Beaubien is situated directly east of Altgeld Gardens, the neighborhood where <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-05/altgeld-gardens-four-years-later-103659">Barack Obama got his start as a community organizer</a>. Maintaining the forest preserve is community work, too, according to Milkert.</p><p>&ldquo;The story of Beaubien is it&rsquo;s a real collective effort,&rdquo; she said. Other volunteers with Friends of the Forest Preserves clear away cottonwoods with chainsaws, some 350 local students had hands-on ecology lessons onsite last fall through&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fieldmuseum.org/ceep">Calumet Environmental Education Programs</a>, and a group called <a href="http://www.fishin-buddies.net/">Fishin&rsquo; Buddies</a> connects local kids to nature through fishing trips to Beaubien&rsquo;s Flatfoot Lake. Students, interns and volunteers logged more than 1000 hours of work at the site in 2011, Milkert said.</p><p>Stephanie Ryan, a graduate student at Northeastern Illinois University, also named community among her reasons for spending Saturday morning in the woods. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s something we need more of these days,&rdquo; she said.</p><p><em>Follow Chris on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Cementley">@cementley</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-01/restoring-prairieland-calumets-industrial-corridor-104751