The changing role of history in restoration ecology

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
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Abstract

In the face of rapid environmental and cultural change, orthodox concepts in restoration ecology such as historical fidelity are being challenged. Here we re-examine the diverse roles played by historical knowledge in restoration, and argue that these roles remain vitally important. As such, historical knowledge will be critical in shaping restoration ecology in the future. Perhaps the most crucial role in shifting from the present version of restoration ecology (“v1.0”) to a newer formulation (“v2.0”) is the value of historical knowledge in guiding scientific interpretation, recognizing key ecological legacies, and influencing the choices available to practitioners of ecosystem intervention under conditions of open-ended and rapid change.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The changing role of history in restoration ecology
Series title Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
DOI 10.1890/110267
Volume 12
Issue 9
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Ecological Society of America
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) Southwest Climate Science Center
Description 8 p.
First page 499
Last page 506