Walker, L.R., J. Walker and R.J. Hobbs (eds.)
Restoration ecology is deeply rooted in ecological succession yet seems, as a fast-emerging discipline, to be largely unaware of the potential benefits a closer examination of succession can provide. These benefits address both how to restore ecosystem function and structure as quickly as possible and the longer-term consequences of current restoration activities. Successfully restored ecosystems can be more or less sustainable without constant care. This state is only achievable within a framework that recognizes, implicitly or explicitly, the temporal dynamics that constitute successional processes.