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Restoration ecology: A new forest management paradigm, or another merit badge for foresters?


Wagner, Michael R.; Block, William M.; Geils, Brian W.; Wenger, Karl F. 2000. Restoration ecology: A new forest management paradigm, or another merit badge for foresters? Journal of Forestry. 98(10): 22-27.

Focusing on the Southwest but raising questions that are more broadly applicable, we compare ecological restoration with conventional management regimes - multiple-use management, ecosystem management, and managing for specific resource objectives. That restoration assumes a holistic perspective and active intervention does not distinguish it from other approaches to achieving ecosystem health.We find that foresters and restorationists both use ecology, but restorationists use a reference condition as a substitute for specific objectives.We believe that restorationists who advocate substituting a reference condition for meeting a priori objectives must demonstrate the advantage of this approach.We identify the conceptual limitations to ecological restoration and question the uses of restoration.

Keywords: ecological restoration, multiple-use management, ecosystem management, specific resourse objectives, reference condition


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Restoration ecology: A new forest management paradigm, or another merit badge for foresters?
Electronic Publish Date: April 28, 2008
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