march, 2020

12mar6:30 pm8:00 pmRestoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm

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Steve Apfelbaum will tell us about his life-long project to restore his land on the Illinois border of Wisconsin, taking it back to its original state, before the changes that were brought about by farming, described in detail in his book Nature’s Second Chance, Aldo Leopold’s vision captured in A Sand County Almanac inspired both his commitment to the land, and to a career as an ecologist with Applied Ecological Services (AES), among the planet’s leading ecological research and ecological restoration service companies. His talk will capture the intimate stories experienced and learned during an over thirty-year quest to restore Stone Prairie Farm, in southwestern Wisconsin, culminating with the return of the Sand Hill Cranes. Having carried out ecological restorations worldwide, he is now in Urbana, hired by the owners of Stone Creek Golf Course to help develop a master plan for the course, which closed in January. His talk will take place at the Stone Creek Golf Clubhouse.

More about our speaker: Steven Apfelbaum graduated from Univ of IL, Champaign-Urbana in 1978, then continued into his MS with Dr. Alan Haney, working on the response of plant and breeding bird communities after wildfires in Canadian and Northeast Minnesota boreal wilderness areas. As Chair and Founder of AES he has worked on some of the most disturbed landscapes on earth, engaged in the measurement of site conditions, and design-construction and monitoring of reclamation and restoration in mined lands, hazardous industrial sites in terrestrial, wetland and freshwater aquatic systems across the USA and elsewhere in the world.

Time and Location: 6.30 pm, March 12th, Stone Creek Golf Club (Formerly known as Attie’s), 2560 Stonecreek Blvd Urbana, IL

This event is free and open to the public. If you need reasonable accommodations, please call Randy at 217-333-7672.


(Thursday) 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Stone Creek Golf Club

2560 Stonecreek Blvd


University of Illinois Extension: Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, and Vermilion