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Synopsis: When Steve Packard first saw the abandoned tract of land along the north branch of the Chicago River, it was choked by weedy brush and strewn with mattresses, car seats, and other debris of human civilization. Vestal Grove, once a thriving habitat with its tallgrass and ancient oaks, had been beaten down to the vanishing point. But Packard, a charismatic, modern-day Thoreau and a man with an extraordinary vision, was determined to overcome the odds and rescue Vestal Grove from the edge of oblivion. To do so, he had to uncover its ecological secrets. Little did he know how wondrous those secrets would be.
Beginning in 1977, Packard and a small platoon of volunteers started clearing the land on a series of ecologically shattered prairie remnants in the heart of suburban Chicago. As they worked, Vestal Grove stunningly revealed itself to be a long-lost ecosystem no one realized had existed. Neither prairie nor forest, Vestal Grove was part of a third type of living community - one whose web of life was so finely tuned that only certain plants and animals could live in its unique dapple of sunlight and shade. The challenge now was to restore this ecosystem as closely as possible to its condition before the first white settlers had appeared, and provide a haven where uncommon and threatened species could recover and thrive.
Driven by their passion for nature, the restorationists cut through tangles of Bureaucratic red tape, only to discover they faced even greater frustrations as flora and fauna they had planted at first refused to flourish. Crawling on hands and knees in a futile search for blossoming plants, Steve Packard feared the dream was lost. Then the restorationists stumbled upon the answer - a Rosetta stone of the ecosystem that held the secret to success, and to more unexpected victories. Armed with their newfound knowledge, the restorationists painstakingly scoured the countryside for the seeds they needed to rebuild Vestal Grove. They discovered rare species, many on the verge of extinction, clinging to life like refugees - along railroad tracks, in vacant lots, and at the edges of cemeteries. Miraculously, the dream seemed possible again....
Title: Miracle Under the Oaks: The Revival of ...
Publisher: Pocket Books
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Pocket Books, 1995. Condition: Good. First Pocket books Paperback Printing. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP97056449
Book Description Pocket Books, 1995. Condition: Good. First Pocket books Paperback Printing. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP9926345
Book Description Pocket Books, 1995. Condition: Good. First Pocket books Paperback Printing. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP9939848
Book Description Pocket Books. Hardcover. Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Seller Inventory # 2817820513
Book Description Atria Books. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. Seller Inventory # G0671780425I3N00
Book Description Atria Books. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0671780425I5N00
Book Description Pocket, NY, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne (illustrator). First Edition. Seller Inventory # 10758
Book Description 1995. Natural History, Conservation. Pocket Books. Ex-departmental library otherwise very good boards with cloth spine, very good dust jacket 332p. Seller Inventory # -1500470200
Book Description Pocket Books, U.S.A., 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. NEW. Seller Inventory # 16MARBH0905
Book Description Atria. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 0671780425 Very good few pages creased in fine dust jacket. First edition.* Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Seller Inventory # BING663WR061