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Repairing Paradise: The Restoration of Nature in America's National Parks (review)

Repairing Paradise: The Restoration of Nature in America's National Parks (review) Donlan, J., H.W. Greene, J. Berger, C.E. Bock, J.H. Bock, D.A. Burney, J.A, Estes, D. Foreman, P.S. Martin, G.W. Roemer, F.A. Smith and M.E. Soule. 2005 Re-wilding North America. Nature 436:913­914. Repairing Paradise: The Restoration of Nature in America's National Parks William R. Lowry. 2009. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press. Hardback, $28.95. ISBN: 978-0-81570274-0. 287 pages. Perhaps Lowry begins his book with what appears to be a depressing start regarding the possibility of restoration inside what is regarded as the USA's national park treasures so not to get our hopes up for any chance of significant change. Incremental decision-making reinforcing the status quo, rarely reassessing the problem and little influence of rational comprehensive decision-making seem to plague the possibility of any success. He suggests that in selecting the 4 case studies in his book (Yellowstone, Yosemite, Everglades and Grand Canyon) that if repair efforts are doomed to failure in these locations, what can be realistically possible for other less revered sites? In contrast, I have found in my Parks Canada experiences that it may, in fact, be easier to make significant changes and engage in innovative projects in places out of the public's eye and flagships of the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ecological Restoration University of Wisconsin Press

Repairing Paradise: The Restoration of Nature in America's National Parks (review)

Ecological Restoration , Volume 29 (4) – Nov 5, 2011

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Donlan, J., H.W. Greene, J. Berger, C.E. Bock, J.H. Bock, D.A. Burney, J.A, Estes, D. Foreman, P.S. Martin, G.W. Roemer, F.A. Smith and M.E. Soule. 2005 Re-wilding North America. Nature 436:913­914. Repairing Paradise: The Restoration of Nature in America's National Parks William R. Lowry. 2009. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press. Hardback, $28.95. ISBN: 978-0-81570274-0. 287 pages. Perhaps Lowry begins his book with what appears to be a depressing start regarding the possibility of restoration inside what is regarded as the USA's national park treasures so not to get our hopes up for any chance of significant change. Incremental decision-making reinforcing the status quo, rarely reassessing the problem and little influence of rational comprehensive decision-making seem to plague the possibility of any success. He suggests that in selecting the 4 case studies in his book (Yellowstone, Yosemite, Everglades and Grand Canyon) that if repair efforts are doomed to failure in these locations, what can be realistically possible for other less revered sites? In contrast, I have found in my Parks Canada experiences that it may, in fact, be easier to make significant changes and engage in innovative projects in places out of the public's eye and flagships of the

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Ecological RestorationUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Nov 5, 2011

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