June 8th @ 6PM:  Restoring Wild is an online presentation and panel discussion with Mark Fowler, Grace Farms Nature Initiative Director, and Penn Marchael, Land Manager, that will be moderated by Louise Washer, President of the Norwalk River Watershed Association. This program will focus on the big picture comeback story of the resilience of forests and woodlands in New England. This presentation will also focus on native pollinator-friendly pesticide-free plants as the solution to “restoring wild” in our own communities. 

At first glance, suburbia may look sanitized and neatly ordered by man, but Mother Nature quickly adapts and learns how to thrive again. Today, in much of the Northeast, nature has reclaimed forests which had nearly been completely cut down, and wildlife has followed. Animals, which had nearly disappeared by the early 20th century are now found all over suburban areas, and are even found in urban parts of New York City. 

This incredible comeback story of resilience of nature in suburban areas requires us to re-frame what “wild” means in our modern world in order to value – and care for – the incredible wild lands that exist in our own yards. The new definition for wild lands are places where native plants and wildlife can thrive alongside humans.

What is the solution for “restoring wild?” By planting native pollinator-friendly plants on our back porch, yard, or town green, and reducing the use of chemical pesticides and chemical fertilizers, we can all be part of the solution, and can make a better quality of life for humans as well as give Mother Nature an opportunity to thrive alongside us.

This program is part of the Ridgefield Pollinator Pathway Series and is presented by the Ridgefield Library, Norwalk Watershed Association, and the Ridgefield Pollinator Pathway.

Please register to receive the Zoom link.