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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Down in Louisisana is a man after my own heart by the name of Matt Conn...........An Environmental Consultant by profession, he has taken to recreating and restoring his own personal 65 acres of property back to their native Bald Cypress/Pecan/Green Ash forest state.........One by one, out come the non-native chineese tallow trees and other non-native exotics and in their place the "Bald Cyprus Association of plants" that upon maturity could harbor a menagerie of 200+bird species,,,,,,,,,,,,,His land improvements have upped the biodiversity quotient on the property with bobcats, black bears and deer all now making their home there...............In a much smaller way, I too have been a land restorationist on the 4 homes that I have owned in Dallas, Pomona, New York, Allendale, NJ and Calabasas, Calif...........Natives replaced exotics with the goal of bringing back indigenous animal species .................As Mr. Conn states in the article,,,,,,,,,,,,,,"It's my therapy, I'm one of those society does not make any sense to me kind of guys, nature does"


A Hobbyist



 Sits Among the

 Cypress Trees

While some people golf to
unwind, Matt Conn, an
environmental consultant,
 restores his wetland,
 pouring in hours and
money putting his
somewhere between
 and obsession.
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Matt Conn trimming trees on his property in Iberia Parish, La
. Mr. Conn, an environmental consultant, bought the land
 after it had been partly drained and cleared. He has devoted 
considerable time and money to restore it.CreditWilliam Widmer for 
The New York Times

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A young cypress on his property.CreditWilliam Widmer for The New York Times

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Baton Rouge
New Orleans
Iberia Parish
Gulf of Mexico

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