Visit Native Prairies and Support Land Trusts

Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 11:59am
In her wise and elegant new book, “Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants,” Dr. Jane Goodall with Gail Hudson, blends her experience in nature with her enthusiasm for botany to give readers a deeper understanding of the world around us. Continuing their exploration here, Dr. Goodall provides ideas and inspiration for what readers can do to get involved in and protect the world of plants.
Supporting eco-tourism in places that focus on preserving wild prairie lands is a direct way to protect this precious American resource while motivating landowners to set up their own nature reserves. Many landowners in the Midwest have already started ecotourism businesses to experience the purity and serenity of the natural prairie landscape. For example, the Switzer Ranch and Nature Reserve offers hikes through prairie lands to see rare and endangered plant species, as well as guided birding and wildlife tours, and even canoe trips along the nearby river.
Land trusts promote conservation of private land, and many are staffed entirely by volunteers. You could lead guided tours on a hiking trail, clean up streams, create flyers, or maintain email lists, among a variety of other activities. Visit the Land Trust Alliance website to find a land trust in your community.  

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