Upland vegetation ecosystems are important throughout Michigan. These woodland, grassland, and savanna habitats offer vital ecosystem services. They help conserve soil, sequester carbon, and cycle nutrients, energy, and water. They also provide a variety of wildlife habitat, that wetlands can’t, because they host animals that don’t use open water or saturated soils, other than for drinking. These savanna, prairie, and forest systems are most often destroyed by farming and urban development, and as Dr. Doug Tallamy rightfully points out - the critical component to conservation in the modern, urban world. We must bring nature home!