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Nature's Restoration: People and Places on the Front Lines of Conservation

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Across America and around the world, people are

working to help nature heal itself. In Bermuda, a man

single-handedly grows thousands of trees on a small

island to restore nesting habitat for a rare seabird. In

Illinois, legions of volunteers replant prairies in the

shadows of freeways. In Virginia, a farmer works to

bring back the mighty American chestnut.

What drives these individuals? How did their passions

come about, and what are the implications for

restoring the environment? Nature's Restoration: People and Places on the

Front Lines of Conservation is a lyrical look at these and other examples

of ordinary citizens aiming to return sizable tracts of the American

landscape to nature, and to health. They've found success in preserving

rare species, reversing negative ecological trends, and promoting

greater intimacy with nature.

Yet the work is far from simple. Restoration projects are often in the

news not only because of the promise they hold, but also because of

the controversy they provoke. Based on detailed reporting and numerous

interviews, Nature's Restoration puts us on the front lines of

restoration to learn how this burgeoning national movement shapes

both places and people.

Synopsis:

With fewer and fewer pristine places on earth left to preserve, restoration is the "new" conservation. Yet the work is anything but easy. Ecology is complex, and restoration projects are often controversial. How do we know what's natural? What should nature look like? Can we ever really turn back the clock? These debates have real consequences for the land, and for the values people live by. Nature's Restoration poses intriguing questions about how people can live on the earth without destroying its natural systems. Through detailed reporting and numerous interviews, Friederici's lyrical writing puts us on the front lines of restoration to learn how this growing movement shapes places and inspires people. Nature's Restoration relates the passion of ordinary citizens who are changing the way we think about nature. They are restoring animal habitats, reintroducing native plants, bringing back lost species, and gaining a greater intimacy with the natural world. On a planet suffering from serious ecological problems, the growing restoration movement is a refreshing attempt to set things right.

About the Author

Peter Friederici is the author of The Suburban Wild

(University of Georgia Press, 1999) and editor of

Ecological Restoration of Southwestern Ponderosa Pine

Forests (Island Press, 2003), among several other

books. He teaches journalism at Northern Arizona

University, and has contributed articles to such

publications as Audubon, Orion, and High Country

News. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona

Table of Contents

Prologue: One Man, 15 Acres, 40 Years

Introduction: Prospero's Work

 

Chapter 1. Smoldering at the Roots

Chapter 2. Entering the Woods

Chapter 3. The Entrepreneurs

Chapter 4 The Voyage of the Moon-Eyed Horse

Chapter 5. Under the Bridge of Clouds

 

Acknowledgments

Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559630856
Publisher:
Island Press
Subject:
United states
Author:
Friederici, Peter
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Natural Resources
Subject:
Restoration ecology
Subject:
Development - Sustainable Development
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Restoration ecology -- United States.
Subject:
Business-Manufacturing and Product Development
Subject:
General Nature
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Business » Manufacturing and Product Development
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Management

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"Synopsis" by , With fewer and fewer pristine places on earth left to preserve, restoration is the "new" conservation. Yet the work is anything but easy. Ecology is complex, and restoration projects are often controversial. How do we know what's natural? What should nature look like? Can we ever really turn back the clock? These debates have real consequences for the land, and for the values people live by. Nature's Restoration poses intriguing questions about how people can live on the earth without destroying its natural systems. Through detailed reporting and numerous interviews, Friederici's lyrical writing puts us on the front lines of restoration to learn how this growing movement shapes places and inspires people. Nature's Restoration relates the passion of ordinary citizens who are changing the way we think about nature. They are restoring animal habitats, reintroducing native plants, bringing back lost species, and gaining a greater intimacy with the natural world. On a planet suffering from serious ecological problems, the growing restoration movement is a refreshing attempt to set things right.
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