The “Human-Side of Restoration Webinar Series” was launched in 2014 as a collaboration among the Rocky Mountain Research Station, National Forest Foundation and the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University. The series of seven webinars provided a forum for managers and social scientists to share insights and experiences with the “human side” of restoration, including the interface among ecological restoration, human communities, and individual values, public opinions, and social structures.
Ecological restoration is a value-laden endeavor; nature has no intrinsic concept of “healthy” ecosystems. Managers, researchers, and the public must define the goals of restoration projects, prioritize values at risk, and determine relevant temporal and spatial scales. Defining desired (or undesirable) future conditions for ecosystems raises ethical and social questions—desired by who and for who? –making it necessary that natural resource managers appreciate the human side of restoration. Each webinar in the Human-side of Restoration Webinar Series brought together dozens, and sometimes over a hundred, resource managers and scientists to share social science research and dialogue about topics including legal dimensions of ecological restoration, values and perceptions, traditional ecological knowledge, and the restoration economy.
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