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Wading Right InDiscovering the Nature of Wetlands$
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Catherine Owen Koning and Sharon M. Ashworth

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226554211

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226554495.001.0001

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Beauty, Ethics, and Inspiration

Beauty, Ethics, and Inspiration

(p.219) Chapter 9 Beauty, Ethics, and Inspiration
Wading Right In

Catherine Owen Koning

Sharon M. Ashworth

Catherine Owen Koning

University of Chicago Press

A wetland biologist comes across a rare orchid in an area destined to host a driveway rather than wetland habitat and dreads speaking to the impatient home builders. Those who study and work in wetlands often adopt one close to their hearts and build a sustainable community around its protection. This chapter compiles a number of such stories. Friends of Volo Bog has worked with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources since 1984 to provide extensive opportunities for members of the public to explore and appreciate the bog all year round. In Wisconsin, the Friends of Pheasant Branch familiarized themselves with the mundane and byzantine language of permitting, sewer installation, and the law in order to protect a spring-laced wetland. Every summer the Wetlands Institute of Stone Harbor, New Jersey hosts groups of volunteers that help release baby diamondback terrapins to the ocean. Humans are ethically bound and evolutionarily inclined to care for all pieces of this planet, and we have faith that our hearts are big enough and our minds are sharp enough to rise to the tasks before us.

Keywords:   Pheasant Branch, Volo Bog, Diamond-backed terrapin, Beaver Creek Fen, Environmental ethics, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, Wetland permits

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