Stories of Stewards

The heat of early morning signals that today the soils in the meadows are heating up. Walking through the various meadows the Conservancy has helped protect, you can almost hear the seeds germinating and the new native plants taking root. This is an event to celebrate because these seeds have been planted with craft, hope and community support to resemble the classic meadow ecosystem.

The prefix “re” has two meanings: “back” or “new, again.” Maybe restoration is not moving backward at all, but forward, to a different trajectory. Restoration may not be the attempt to revisit or re-create some mythical past or condition. More likely, it is the making of a new scenario—one more functional than a field, a parking lot, a sea of spotted knapweed.

This spring, two landowners who have protected their land with conservation easements are starting restoration projects. They are a part of what local author Stephanie Mills calls, “the society of restorations.” They have entered in collaborations with various community members and an outstanding government program.