Ecological Restoration Principles, Values, and Structure of an Emerging Profession

ISBN-10: 1610911687
ISBN-13: 9781610911689
Edition: 2nd 2012
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 1/21/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Ecological restoration is a rapidly growing discipline that encompasses a wide range of activities and brings together practitioners and theoreticians from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, ranging from volunteer backyard restorationists to highly trained academic scientists and professional consultants. This book offers a comprehensive and coherent account of the field for everyone who initiates, finances, designs, administers, issues government permits for, manages, and implements ecological restoration projects, and all those who serve in supportive roles. Originally published in 2007, this revised and reorganized edition brings the book up to date with new developments and current trends in the field. In a lively, personal fashion, the authors discuss scientific and practical aspects of the field as well as the human needs and values that motivate practitioners. The bookidentifies fundamental concepts upon which restoration is basedconsiders the principles of restoration practiceexplores the diverse values that are fulfilled with the restoration of ecosystemsreviews the structure of restoration practice, including the various contexts for restoration work, the professional development of its practitioners, and the relationships of restoration with allied fields and activities  The book also includes case studies and Virtual Field Trips around the world that illustrate points made in the book with on-the-ground information from those who were intimately involved with the projects described.Throughout, ecological restoration is conceived as a holistic endeavor, one that addresses issues of ecological degradation, biodiversity loss, personal engagement, and sustainability science simultaneously, and draws upon cultural resources and local skills and knowledge in restoration work.

About the Society for Ecological Restoration
List of Virtual Field Trips
Foreword
Preface
Why We Restore
Overview
Some Basic Terms and Concepts
Values and Ecological Restoration
Ecological Values
Personal Values
Socioeconomic Values
Cultural Values
Holons and Realms of Organization
Disturbance and Impairment
Disturbance
Ecosystem Response to Disturbance
Degradation, Damage, Destruction
Ecological Consequences of Impairment
What We Restore
Recovery
Ecological Views of Recovery
Ecological Theory and Restoration
Ecological Attributes of Restored Ecosystems
Species Composition
Community Structure
Abiotic Environment
Landscape Context
Ecological Functionality
Historic Continuity
Ecological Complexity
Self-Organization
Resilience
Self-Sustainability
Biosphere Support
Goals and Project Standards
Semicultural Landscapes and Ecosystems
Culturalization of Landscapes
Examples of Semicultural Landscapes
Selecting Semicultural Targets for Restoration
How We Restore
Ecological References
Reference Concept
Types of Reference Sites
Steps in Reference Model Preparation
Temporal References
References in Landscape Restoration
Trajectories
Approaches to Restoration
Intensity of Effort
Framework Approach
Sources of Knowledge
Project Planning and Evaluation
Guidelines for Restoration
Strategies and Designs
Inoculating Soils and Substrates
Project Evaluation
Ecological Restoration as a Profession
Relationship of Restoration to Related Fields
Restoration Ecology and Ecological Restoration
Ecosystem Management
Rehabilitation, Reclamation, Revegetation, and Remediation
Compensatory Mitigation
Fabrication and Creation
Landscape Architecture and Design
Ecological Engineering
Restoration of Natural Capital
Sustainability Science
Projects and the Professional
Stakeholders
Project Sponsors
Project Roles
Organizational Structure
Evolution of Contexts
Stewardship Models
Practitioner Certification
Moving Restoration Forward-Together
Perceptions of Ecological Restoration
Novel Ecosystems
Climate Change
Moving Forward
Glossary
References Cited
About the Authors and Collaborators
Index

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