Reconciliation in a Michigan Watershed with Gail Heffner and David Warners

Monday, April 22, 2024 - 6:30pm

Schuler Books
2660 28th Street SE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

We’re honored to present two Calvin University faculty, scholars, and environmentalists who will share their new book exploring the state of our local Ken-O-Sha watershed.

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About the Book
Like many American urban waterways, Ken-O-Sha has been in decline for nearly two hundred years. Once life-supporting, the waterway now known as Plaster Creek is life-threatening. In this provocative book, scholars and environmentalists Gail Gunst Heffner and David P. Warners explore the watershed’s ecological, social, spiritual, and economic history to determine what caused the damage, and describe more recent efforts to repair it. Heffner and Warners provide insight into the concept of reconciliation ecology, as enacted through their group, Plaster Creek Stewards,who together with community partners refuse to accept the status quo of a contaminated creek unfit for children’s play, severely reduced biological diversity, and environmental injustices. Their work reveals that reconciliation ecology needs to focus not only on repairing damaged human–nature relationships, but also on the relationships between people groups, including Indigenous North Americans and the descendants of European colonizers.


About the Author:
Gail Gunst Heffner is an emerita faculty member at Calvin University. She served as the director of community engagement in the Office of the Provost where she cofounded and codirected Plaster Creek Stewards. Heffner received the Urban Waters Learning Network’s Signature Award (2019).

David P. Warners has been at Calvin University since 1997 and has earned multiple awards for teaching and community service. Warners has authored over fifty scientific publications in the areas of botany, restoration ecology, conservation, and plant evolution. He cofounded and currently directs Plaster Creek Stewards. Warners received the Urban Waters Learning Network’s Signature Award (2019).

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Reconciliation in a Michigan Watershed: Restoring Ken-O-Sha By Gail Gunst Heffner, David P. Warners Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611864939
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Published: Michigan State University Press - May 1st, 2024