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When I hear people talking about stuff like this, returning areas to their native state, my first question is, 'native state when?'
A few centuries ago, a lot of Texas was grassland prairies, with grass 'as high as a man, on a horse'. Then the cattle drives came, ate down the grass and imported mesquite. The non-nourishing weeds followed. The first settlers where I lived found a land full of cedar forests which they promptly built sawmills for. Now it's post-oak savannah, mostly second and third-growth.
Romantic notions about 're-wilding': These are people that have never cleared land before. I have some re-wilded land for them to come cut their teeth on - it's impenetrable thicket, full of jaupon, catbriar, dewberry vines, poison ivy. Have at it! You'll be sweaty, bleeding, and breaking out in no time at all.
The truth is, land that is managed is land that does the best. You want to have wild areas for the birds and critters, but even that does better once it's managed properly.
The author is not describing what I understand to be wilding. Wilding is much more radical. What I've read about wilding more closely resembles science fiction and has nothing to do with wildlife management. It's a movement supported by people who are seeking the extinction of humans. It involves hopes to quarantine humans to urban areas, no suburbs and no country living Returning big game predators and, if a way is found, to restore extinct, large animals like mammoths and saber tooth tigers.
Rewilding huh, that's a good one. At 90, I've let about a quarter of my ½ acre go natural the past few years. Some of it looks like Aggie's re-wilded land. When the neighbors complain, I'm going to tell them I'm rewilding my place.
When I worked in LA in the 90's the city was "rewilding" the sand dunes along the beach. They were pulling the UN-NATURAL vegetation off the dunes all for a butterfly species. It could have been the butterfly species was un-natural and the dune weeds were just fine. Community service people did a lot of the work...most probably couldn't identify any plant other than bad ass weed.