Urban Wilderness: Exploring a Metropolitan Watershed

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Urban Wilderness provides an inspiring and clear-sighted commentary on the conditions and potentials of nature in urban America. We are encouraged when we read about the remarkable citizen-led effort in Milwaukee to restore the natural corridors of its major metropolitan watershed for wildlife and to protect the scenic heritage that had largely been ignored until recently. Daniel opens a door to understanding how regional and global forces shape a shared urban landscape and how the "greening" of Milwaukee's ...
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Overview

Urban Wilderness provides an inspiring and clear-sighted commentary on the conditions and potentials of nature in urban America. We are encouraged when we read about the remarkable citizen-led effort in Milwaukee to restore the natural corridors of its major metropolitan watershed for wildlife and to protect the scenic heritage that had largely been ignored until recently. Daniel opens a door to understanding how regional and global forces shape a shared urban landscape and how the "greening" of Milwaukee's industrial river benefits wildlife and nature, thus enhancing urban living. He leads us on a voyage of discovery - not of faraway lands, but of his own backyard - and shows us that it is just as important to discover and protect the familiar as it is to seek out new and unfamiliar places.
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Editorial Reviews

Arnold R. Alanen
“Every urban river in America, whether minor or major, deserves a book, and this is certainly true of the Menomonee River, which helped to create Milwaukee.  The author is an effective communicator who has an obvious ability to write about nature and natural history.  In addition, the illustrations are remarkable and do much to enhance the features that characterize so much of the Menomonee River valley today.  The book should appeal to interested and informed members of the region and also prove of interest to people throughout the nation who are involved with rivers that have similar challenges and opportunities for revival.”
Angie Tornes
Urban Wilderness is an excellent guided trip with an urban eco-explorer.  Regardless of your city up-bringing, this book will lead you along the familiar and ‘wild’ urban river’s edge.  An undercurrent is the need to protect such places for future generations to explore and develop an environmental ethic.  Our national parks are the nation’s gems, to be sure, but equally important are protected community rivers and natural places in our cities and villages where all ages can explore, contemplate, and get refreshed.  Urban Wilderness takes you to such places, and the experience is one true to many an urban river in America.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Walk along the Menomonee River watershed as Eddee Daniel did, and you will find what he did—beauty for the taking, renewable, soul-sustaining, calming, a wilderness wonderland in our urban jungle. . . . The result is a superb book for nature lovers and others."
ExpressMilwaukee.com - Aisha Motlani
"Like Rousseau's Reveries and Thoreau's Walden Pond, Urban Wilderness exhibits a romantic faith in nature's power to yield higher truths."
Wisconsin Sierra Club - Cheri Briscoe
"No matter where you live, you will never look at a swamp, weltands, riparian forest, or engineered, concrete-channelized river in the same way after you read this book with its sensitive writings and photographs. . . . Even the most anti-urban dweller will find the poetic intimacy of this book alluring."
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Meet the Author

Eddee Daniel works with Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers and other non-profit organizations and has taught photography for over twenty-five years in secondary and higher education. His photographs have been published in many journals, including Popular Photography, Photo Review, and Art in Wisconsin, and have been exhibited at the Milwaukee Museum, the Haggerty Museum of Art, and the Aberdeen Gallery in Washington, D.C., among others.

 

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Table of Contents

Introduction 5

The Menomonee River Watershed 11

Ch. 1 Headwaters 17

Ch. 2 Marshes and Swamps 35

Ch. 3 Suburban River 51

Ch. 4 Frontier 67

Ch. 5 Heart of the River 85

Ch. 6 Designing the River 103

Ch. 7 Enter at Your Own Risk 123

Ch. 8 Confluence 139

Ch. 9 Concrete Creeks 155

Ch. 10 Industrial Valley 175

Ch. 11 A Prairie in the City? 193

Epilogue 209

References and Suggested Readings 221

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