“In his account, both personal and visionary, of the restoration of his eighty-acre farm, Steven
Apfelbaum makes a passionate plea for the respect and conservation of our ecosystems. Listen to him. In a time when twelve-thousand-year-old landscapes can be bulldozed in a matter of hours, it is
essential to take to take his words to heart.”- Jane Brox, author of Clearing Land: Legacies of the American Farm
Renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold once wrote, “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it does otherwise.” Years after his passing, his land ethic as embodied in these words is a centerpiece for the modern conservation and ecological restoration movement in America and around the world.
Few have taken Leopold’s vision more to heart than Steven Apfelbaum, who has, over the last thirty years, transformed his 80-acre Stone Prairie Farm in Wisconsin into a biologically diverse ecosystem of prairie, wetland, spring-fed brook, and savanna.
NATURE’S SECOND CHANCE: Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm is the story of that transformation as well as of the work of the firm Apfelbaum started, first restoring neighboring farms, then neighboring states, and now land in countries around the world.
NATURE’S SECOND CHANCE breathes with a refreshing air of ecological possibility, drawing from the author’s personal story of how he has, with help, succeeded in turning back the clock on development to give nature-and humanity-a second chance at sustaining healthy ecosystems. Apfelbaum’s story demonstrates how humans might play a starring role in healing the planet by implementing Leopold’s land ethic, one farm, lot, or brown field at a time.