Treasures of Oz

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Rewild Your Yard - Go Wild!

Work With Nature to Rewild Your Property

Why is rewilding so important?

Rewilding is the practice of restoring natural ecosystems by reintroducing native plant and animal species, removing human-made structures, and allowing biological processes to take over. Rewilding is vital for several reasons:

  1. Biodiversity conservation: Rewilding can help increase the number and variety of plant and animal species in an area and promote the health and resilience of ecosystems. This can help to combat the current global biodiversity crisis and prevent further extinctions.
  2. Carbon sequestration: Natural ecosystems, such as forests and wetlands, can act as carbon sinks, storing large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Rewilding can help increase these carbon sinks' size and health, thereby mitigating climate change.
  3. Ecological restoration: Many ecosystems around the world have been damaged or destroyed by human activities such as deforestation, overfishing, and pollution. Rewilding can help to restore these ecosystems, allowing them to function more effectively and provide valuable services such as water purification and soil stabilization.
  4. Cultural significance: Many communities worldwide have strong cultural and spiritual connections to the natural world. Rewilding can help to preserve these connections and protect traditional practices and knowledge.

Overall, rewilding is an essential tool for promoting biodiversity, mitigating climate change, restoring damaged ecosystems, and preserving cultural heritage.

Homegrown Native Parks

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Restoring a Native Wetland

Restoring a Native Wetland

Ben Arnold - Mequon, WI
Benefits of Having a Homegrown Pollinator Park

Benefits of Having a Homegrown Pollinator Park

Dr. James Angresano, Mequon Resident
Creating Your Own Homegrown Pollinator Park

Creating Your Own Homegrown Pollinator Park

Dr. James Angresano, Mequon Resident

Native Specie Rewilding

Rewilding with native species refers to the process of reintroducing plant and animal species that were once native to a particular area but have since been lost due to human activities such as habitat destruction, hunting, or the introduction of non-native species. The goal of native rewilding is to restore the natural balance of ecosystems and to create sustainable habitats for the native species that depend on them.

The rewilding process typically involves several steps, including assessing the area's suitability for reintroduction, identifying which species are most appropriate, and developing a plan for reintroducing and managing the species. Depending on the specific goals of the rewilding project, it may also involve habitat restoration, removing non-native species, and managing human activities that could negatively impact the reintroduced species.

Rewilding with native species can have many benefits, including improving ecosystem health and resilience, increasing biodiversity, and providing opportunities for scientific research and ecological education. Tourism and other forms of nature-based recreation can also provide economic benefits.

However, rewilding projects can also face challenges, such as limited funding and public support, as well as potential conflicts with human activities such as agriculture, forestry, and urban development. It is essential to assess the potential risks and benefits of rewilding projects carefully and involve local communities and stakeholders in the planning and implementation process.

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