the NY Times.)
National Trust's plan for Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire. The Trust already owns 800 hectares of land in the area, and their long-range plan involves more than 5,000 hectares (13,000 acres). The plan is not to make the whole area marsh; indeed some of it has never been marsh. They are aiming for a "mosaic landscape" of marshes, pastures, a few farms, and small woodlands, with roads and paths to insure public access. The Trust is proceeding very carefully with this effort. Their plan calls for modest changes; they will "allow nature to take its course wherever possible" and avoid "engineering solutions." So, no new dam-like barriers, as have been used to de-channelize some American rivers, and no excavations to create new wetlands from scratch.