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Restoring Nature: Perspectives From The Social Sciences And Humanities [Paperback]

Paul H. Gobster , R. Bruce Hull
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Sept. 1 2000 1559637684 978-1559637688 1
Explores the questions that arise in the planning and implementation of environmental restoration projects in urban and wildland settings, using recent controversial Chicago ecological restoration efforts as a touchstone for discussion. Softcover, hardcover also available. DLC: Environmental sciences--Philosophy.

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"Natural resource managers have long based their actions, from timber harvest to wildlife habitat improvement, on 'the best available science.' RESTORING NATURE rounds out the view of what constitutes the best science, with a thorough examination of human values and meanings people attach to landscapes. Understanding these values will improve not only the processes on which we base our land management decisions but also the long-term outcomes from them. RESTORING NATURE is required reading for anyone involved in the management of public landscapes." James S. Bedwell, Chief Landscape Architect, USDA Forest Service

"At first glance, ecological restoration appears to be a good thing, like mom and apple pie. What could be wrong with it? But it has proved to be very controversial. This is the best collection of essays on the conceptual and valuative dimensions of ecological restoration so far published. The discussion ranges from general philosophical considerations--such as the social construction of nature and the accusation that restorationists are faking nature--to social science case studies of restoration controversies." J. Baird Callicott, Professor of Philosophy, University of North Texas

"The social aspect of ecological restoration has been largely neglected--that is, until this book. Using lessons learned from the Chicago Wilderness and other projects, the authors explore social relationships that are as critical for success as the ecological techniques that are applied on the ground. RESTORING NATURE is an outstanding contribution to the art and science of restoration." Thomas R. Crow, Theodore Roosevelt Professor Ecosystem Management, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Paul H. Gobster is research social scientist with the USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station in Chicago, Illinois. R. Bruce Hull is associate professor of forestry in the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Contributors include:

Susan C. Barro, US Forest Service Mark W. Brunson, Utah State University Jane Buxton, San Francisco, CA Cheryl Foster, University of Rhode Island Robert Grese, University of Michigan Reid M. Helford, Whitman College William R. Jordan III, New Academy for Nature and Culture Rachel Kaplan, University of Michigan Eric Katz, New Jersey Institute of Technology Byoung-Suk Kweon, Texas A&M University Andrew Light, New York University Carol Raish, US Forest Service Robert Ryan, University of Massachusetts David Robertson, Virginia Tech Herbert Schroeder, US Forest Service Elizabeth Tyler, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Joanne Vining, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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4.0 out of 5 stars A Critical But Fair Look at Restoration Feb. 2 2001
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While ecological restoration is undeniably a valuable part of the growing "new" conservation movement, many of its adherents have been somewhat reluctant to look at the social side of their work. This book does a nice job of that. Several of the authors' contributions provide unique views of activities that many of us in the conservation movement take for granted. The editors' pieces (Gobster and Hull) are excellent and thought provoking. The philosophical works in the volume, though wordy and, at times, unnecessarily academic, are useful discussions of arguments we have been debating for years. Finally, a chapter by Dr. Helford, while a nice bit of ethnographic writing, just plain pissed me off, but I can't help to think he is on to something and may be right. I just am not ready to accept his ideas. I think that reaction sumarizes my feelings about the book. Maybe we in the conservation and restoration movements aren't ready for what some of these people in this volume are telling us. If you consider yourself an ecological restorationist or just a conservationist, you owe it to yourself and to these authors to read this book.
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While ecological restoration is undeniably a valuable part of the growing "new" conservation movement, many of its adherents have been somewhat reluctant to look at the social side of their work. This book does a nice job of that. Several of the authors' contributions provide unique views of activities that many of us in the conservation movement take for granted. The editors' pieces (Gobster and Hull) are excellent and thought provoking. The philosophical works in the volume, though wordy and, at times, unnecessarily academic, are useful discussions of arguments we have been debating for years. Finally, a chapter by Dr. Helford, while a nice bit of ethnographic writing, just plain pissed me off, but I can't help to think he is on to something and may be right. I just am not ready to accept his ideas. I think that reaction sumarizes my feelings about the book. Maybe we in the conservation and restoration movements aren't ready for what some of these people in this volume are telling us. If you consider yourself an ecological restorationist or just a conservationist, you owe it to yourself and to these authors to read this book.
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