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A Seed Op-Ed

A Seed Op-Ed EDITORIAL Steven N. Handel [Note: Restoration scientists and practitioners are always and it’s shade, shade, and more shade. “I’m outta here” is talking about the plants and methods they are using to initi- a cry for survival, not of rebellion, so let’s have some help! ate populations. A recent posting to the Editorial Office was Finally we seeds hit the ground, but oh, so often, it’s received wanting, we suppose, respect for a seed. It is reprinted not a happy landing. Where are the safe sites we need to here.] facilitate germination? The number of times seeds land in a smooth and compacted surface is outrageous. We want scarification, we want heterogeneity, we want microsites! To the Restorationist: Do you know this story of the dozer operator who was trained grading the ground smooth as a sign of profession- WHAT ARE YOU DOING? DON’T YOU KNOW? alism? The restorationist had to give her a few beers so she ’m hauled and slung around like I was inert, some spun the dozer around in circles roughing up the surface, small pebble! I’m alive; I’m complex; I have needs; I giving high biodiversity of plants a chance. We need dis- Iwant http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ecological Restoration University of Wisconsin Press

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University of Wisconsin Press
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1543-4079

Abstract

EDITORIAL Steven N. Handel [Note: Restoration scientists and practitioners are always and it’s shade, shade, and more shade. “I’m outta here” is talking about the plants and methods they are using to initi- a cry for survival, not of rebellion, so let’s have some help! ate populations. A recent posting to the Editorial Office was Finally we seeds hit the ground, but oh, so often, it’s received wanting, we suppose, respect for a seed. It is reprinted not a happy landing. Where are the safe sites we need to here.] facilitate germination? The number of times seeds land in a smooth and compacted surface is outrageous. We want scarification, we want heterogeneity, we want microsites! To the Restorationist: Do you know this story of the dozer operator who was trained grading the ground smooth as a sign of profession- WHAT ARE YOU DOING? DON’T YOU KNOW? alism? The restorationist had to give her a few beers so she ’m hauled and slung around like I was inert, some spun the dozer around in circles roughing up the surface, small pebble! I’m alive; I’m complex; I have needs; I giving high biodiversity of plants a chance. We need dis- Iwant

Journal

Ecological RestorationUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Nov 5, 2011

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