What do we mean when we talk about ecological restoration? An inquiry into values

Allison, S.

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I concentrate on how we decide the final state that is the goal of our restoration efforts and what it means when we describe restorations using terms like natural and artificial. I will argue that by using terms like natural and artificial we are setting up a false dichotomy that separates us from the act of restoration and from a very important part of restoration – restoring the human relationship to the rest of the biota. Ideally, restoration is an activity that can be engaged by almost all people working at small to large scales. We should do all we can to bridge that gulf and make restoration as appealig as possible to help potential restorationists.

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Proceedings of the 16th International Conference, Society for Ecological Restoration