I have been doing native plant habitat restoration for twenty years. Our property contains the most purely native restored grasslands (including small forbs), possibly in all of North America. Where once there were but 60 plant species there are now 357, on a piece of land that has suffered from exotic introductions since August 1791 with continuous animal traffic, agriculture, and abandonment thereafter. No, I'm not kidding. I am in the process of preparing an article for a technical journal on that very topic. What the greenies could not do, they are now realizing we have done.
You see, it's hard work. They think "Nature" is self-optimizing. It isn't. This was an anthropogenic landscape for thousands of years. They don't realize that "Nature" doesn't care what it becomes, even if it looks like Mars.
The Wildlands Project is, without a doubt, the most disastrous ecological management plan ever devised. This emphasis upon fauna without fixing the botanical basis for their survival will backfire. Exotic species will spread without constraint into ever more decadent niches with native plant seed long exhausted. One might as well try to build a new house on a rotting wooden foundation. The entire foundational biological relationship between soils and annual post-disturbance plants will then be gone. If you want extinctions, this is a great plan.
Morning. The grey wolf seems to have made it to Siskiyou County.