Category: Ecological Research
Title: Restoration Ecology: A New Forest Management Paradigm, or Another Merit Badge for Foresters?
Author: Wagner, M.R. , Block, W.M. , Geils, B.W. , Wenger, K.F.
Subject: Ecological Restoration
Abstract: That ecological restoration is a growing field is illustrated by the startup of a professional association (the Society for Ecological Restoration, created in 1987), the development of two new journals (Restoration Ecology and Ecological Restoration, the latter having been Restoration and Management Notes), and the publication of 50 or more papers each year. In the Southwest alone, several large forest restoration projects are under way. The notion of restoring ecosystems seems laudable enough. For some, however, ecological restoration assumes a moral imperative for a bold new orientation toward nature. We evaluate ecological restoration in the larger context of other land management philosophies like multiple-use management, ecosystem management, and managing for specific resource objectives (e.g., wildlife, commodity production). We ask, is ecological restoration sufficiently conceptually developed, experimentally tested, and necessary to warrant its adoption as a new forest management paradigm?
Source: Journal of Forestry
Publisher: Society of American Foresters