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A case study has broad relevance for urban natural reserves. Aldo Leopold's far-reaching vision to restore historical ecosystems at the UW-Madison Arboretum has been difficult to achieve despite ~80 years of restoration work. Wetlands (~1/4 of the 485-ha reserve) resist restoration, given urban watersheds and inflows of low quality water. Current conditions favor aggressive invasive plants (cattails, reed canary grass, and buckthorn)-species that do not fulfill the 1934 vision. Today, urbandoi:10.3390/w6010104 fatcat:y5atj4mjojdkxlh3auaofmrmka