Cooperative Extension: A model of science-practice integration for ecosystem restoration.

David, E., K.W. Dixon, M.H.M. Menz

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The gap between science and practice is a long-recognized concern in restoration ecology, but there is a lack of practical solutions. The Cooperative Extension Service successfully bridged the science–practice gap in American agriculture. Here, we discuss how such a framework could be applied to bridge the science–practice gap in restoration ecology. Despite the well-recognized disconnect between the science and practice of ecological restoration, there is a lack of practical solutions. Major restoration efforts are underway across the globe and integrated science–practice communication is required to avoid project failure and a significant waste of resources. Here, the authors propose a three-tiered approach, re-emphasizing the integration of science-based practice in restoration utilizing the structure, function, and potential for success of the Cooperative Extension Service of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a model for connecting science and practice in ecosystem restoration.

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