Large-scale DIY re-wilding

$90 million, 54,000 acres, 300 years. The task: restore and re-wild a huge patch of Florida to native longleaf pine forest.

A similar personal project is going on down in Brazil, now ten years in — and with the research nailed down on how to take tough cattle pasture back to native forest…

On the one hand I like the idea that such places are driven by a single vision, thus avoiding the sort of built-by-a-committee multi-funder compromises that might turn a big reserve into some kind of eco theme-park or (in corrupt South American countries) into just another protection-racket / grants-sponge for corrupt local politicians. On the other hand, I hope there are robust mechanisms being put in place for long-term continuity of such projects.

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