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The Good, the Wild, and the Native: An Ethical Evaluation of Ecological Restoration, Native Landscaping, and the ‘Wild Ones’ of Wisconsin

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Ecological restoration and native landscaping are increasing, particularly in the American Midwest, where they form part of the area’s history and culture of conservation. But practitioners rarely pause to ask philosophical questions related to categories of native and invasive or human control and harmony with nature. This article brings philosophy into conversation with practice, using members of Wild Ones Native Landscaping, a non-profit headquartered in Neenah, WI, as a case study. Philosophers and ethicists who are studying Ecological Restoration and Native Landscaping can learn valuable lessons – in practicality, aesthetics and flexibility – from practitioners such as the Wild Ones.
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Keywords: Aldo Leopold; American Midwest; ecological restoration; invasive species; native species

Affiliations: Roanoke College

Appeared or available online: May 14, 2020

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