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Jump-Starting The Habitat Engine

Jump-Starting The Habitat Engine EDITORIAL Steven N. Handel n the world of professional planners, transportation is the critical link that allows people, goods, and public services to be distributed and reach their useful destinations. The engines of transport, in cars, trucks, trains, ships, and planes, pull along the requirements of sustainable civic life in our population centers. Stop the engines, and our modern world creaks to a halt. But the wheels and wings of powered transport aren't the only necessity. Restoration of ecological structure can also serve to advance, to pull along, vital components of our human communities. The Habitat Engine may be an instructive metaphor for the high value of our restoration work for our increasingly changing world. We feel that this Habitat Engine metaphor makes particular sense in a world of rising seas, causing existing coastal habitats to be lost. The recent United States Rebuild By Design initiative (www.rebuildbydesign.org) allowed us the opportunity to explore this idea. This was a public competition to improve, not simply reiterate, coastal features destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Initiated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (USHUD) in 2013, the program aimed to more creatively use the Hurricane Sandy funds made available http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ecological Restoration University of Wisconsin Press

Jump-Starting The Habitat Engine

Ecological Restoration , Volume 33 (1) – Feb 18, 2015

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EDITORIAL Steven N. Handel n the world of professional planners, transportation is the critical link that allows people, goods, and public services to be distributed and reach their useful destinations. The engines of transport, in cars, trucks, trains, ships, and planes, pull along the requirements of sustainable civic life in our population centers. Stop the engines, and our modern world creaks to a halt. But the wheels and wings of powered transport aren't the only necessity. Restoration of ecological structure can also serve to advance, to pull along, vital components of our human communities. The Habitat Engine may be an instructive metaphor for the high value of our restoration work for our increasingly changing world. We feel that this Habitat Engine metaphor makes particular sense in a world of rising seas, causing existing coastal habitats to be lost. The recent United States Rebuild By Design initiative (www.rebuildbydesign.org) allowed us the opportunity to explore this idea. This was a public competition to improve, not simply reiterate, coastal features destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Initiated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (USHUD) in 2013, the program aimed to more creatively use the Hurricane Sandy funds made available

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Ecological RestorationUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Feb 18, 2015

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