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    Author(s): Paul H. GobsterSusan C. Barro
    Date: 2000
    Source: Restoring Nature: Perspectives from the Social Sciences and Humanities, pp. 185-208. Washington, DC: Island Press.
    Publication Series: Book Chapter
    Station: North Central Research Station
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    Is nature "out there" or in our heads? Recent debates in the humanities and the physical and social sciences provide convincing arguments on both sides (e.g., Cronon 1995, Rolston 1997, Soule and Lease 1995; see also chapters by Brunson and by Hull and Robertson in this volume). But despite which side people may lean toward, most would agree that as we turn our focus from wild landscapes toward ones that are dominated by humans, "objective" indicators of nature and naturalness that can guide restoration and management efforts become more and more ambiguous.

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    Gobster, Paul H.; Barro, Susan C. 2000. Negotiating Nature: Making Restoration Happen in an Urban Park Context. In Gobster, P.H., and Hull R.B. (Eds.), Restoring Nature: Perspectives from the Social Sciences and Humanities, pp. 185-208. Washington, DC: Island Press.

    Keywords

    nature, restoration, urban park, historic conditions, soil, hydrology, microclimate, ecological community

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