Published in


Disasters are destroying places we hold dear. What we do next will make all the difference.

When fires, floods and other major disruptions alter natural areas, our first instinct is to restore what’s lost. But moving forward may mean leaving some treasured things behind.

Photo Courtesy of Curtis Perry

Fires, even severe ones, are necessary to the development of the biologically diverse landscapes we cherish.

In Florida, a US$10.5 billion engineering project could buy time for wildlife to adapt as the habitat-rich Everglades face the threat of climate change–induced sea level rise. © iStockphoto.com | MonicaNinker
The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan aims to bring some semblance of historic water flows back to the Everglades after canals and levees devastated the ecosystem. Image courtesy of Everglades National Park Service
Biologists Joe Maroney (left) and Todd Andersen release cutthroat trout into a creek in eastern Washington, part of efforts to restore the historic condition of aquatic ecosystems in the face of human-induced change. Photo courtesy of Rich Landers | The Spokesman-Review

“It’s not that that place has been lost, but that it has been changed.” — Johanna Varner

ensia.com | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store

Ensia is a solutions-focused nonprofit media outlet reporting on our changing planet.