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Island of Nature: Exploring a Blank Spot on the Map of Milwaukee

When Aldo Leopold extoled the virtues of having a “blank spot on the map” he definitely did not have in mind a detention basin surrounded by a densely populated urban area. And yet, I have no doubt he’d approve of my appropriation of his idea, for he is also known to have said, “The weeds in a city lot convey the same lesson as the redwoods….” And this place is so much more than a city lot! It is also more than a metaphor. An exploration of Wyrick County Park, Green Tree Detention Basin and other urban wild lands.

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