Managing the whole landscape: historical, hybrid, and novel ecosystems

Hobbs, Richard J., Higgs, Eric, Hall, Carol M., Bridgewater, Peter, Chapin, F. Stuart, Ellis, Erie C., Ewel, John J., Hallett, Lauren M., Harris, James , Hulvey, Kristin B., Jackson, Stephen T., Kennedy, Patricia L., Kueffer, Christoph, Lach, Lori, Lantz, Trevor C., Lugo, Ariel E., Mascaro, Joseph, Murphy, Stephen D., Nelson, Cara R., Perring, Michael P., Richardson, David M., Seastedt, Timothy R., Standish, Rachel J., Starzomski, Brian M., Suding, Katherine N., Tognetti, Pedro M., Yakob, Laith, and Yung, Laurie (2014) Managing the whole landscape: historical, hybrid, and novel ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12 (10). pp. 557-564.

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Abstract

The reality confronting ecosystem managers today is one of heterogeneous, rapidly transforming landscapes, particularly in the areas more affected by urban and agricultural development. A landscape management framework that incorporates all systems, across the spectrum of degrees of alteration, provides a fuller set of options for how and when to intervene, uses limited resources more effectively, and increases the chances of achieving management goals. That many ecosystems have departed so substantially from their historical trajectory that they defy conventional restoration is not in dispute. Acknowledging novel ecosystems need not constitute a threat to existing policy and management approaches. Rather, the development of an integrated approach to management interventions can provide options that are in tune with the current reality of rapid ecosystem change.

Item ID: 37085
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1540-9309
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2015 07:48
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 60%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050104 Landscape Ecology @ 40%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales @ 60%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9612 Rehabilitation of Degraded Environments > 961299 Rehabilitation of Degraded Environments not elsewhere classified @ 40%
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