Using the past to manage the future

By: Rob Brown

Disturbances such as climate change, biological invasions, pollution, and many others, have led to organizations to emerge with the purpose of restoring and conserving our natural resources. Both paleo- and modern ecological data can help inform resource managers as they implement restoration and conservation strategies.

Figure 1. Nutrient runoff has led to increased algal blooms in lakes and ponds and organizations to implement restoration projects. By Ildar Sagdejev, via Wikimedia Commons

Figure 1. Nutrient runoff has led to increased algal blooms in lakes and ponds and organizations to implement restoration projects. By Ildar Sagdejev, via Wikimedia Commons

 

Restoring ecosystems

Traditionally, the aim of restoration is to restore ecosystems to a natural baseline, or a pre-human disturbance state. However, Jackson and Hobbs (2009) made three observations that complicate finding natural baselines. Continue reading

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