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Managing the whole landscape: historical, hybrid, and novel ecosystemsAuthor(s): Richard J. Hobbs; Eric Higgs; Carol M. Hall; Peter Bridgewater; F. Stuart Chapin III; Erle C. Ellis; John J. Ewel; Lauren M. Hallet; James Harris; Kristen B. Hulvey; Stephen T. Jackson; Patricia L. Kennedy; Christoph Kueffer; Lori Lach; Trevor C. Lantz; Ariel E. Lugo; Joseph Mascaro; Stephen D. Murphy; Cara R. Nelson; Michael P. Perring; David M. Richardson; Timothy R. Seastedt; Rachel Standish; Brian M. Starzomski; Katherine N. Suding; Pedro M. Tognetti; Laith Yakob; Laurie Yung
Source: Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. 12(10): 557–564
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: International Institute of Tropical Forestry
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DescriptionThe 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.
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CitationHobbs, Richard J.; Higgs, Eric; Hall, Carol M.; Bridgewater, Peter; Chapin III, F. Stuart; Ellis, Erle C.; Ewel, John J.; Hallet, Lauren M.; Harris, James; Hulvey, Kristen 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; Starzomski, Brian M.; Suding, Katherine N.; Tognetti, Pedro M.; Yakob, Laith; Yung, Laurie. 2014. Managing the whole landscape: historical, hybrid, and novel ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. 12(10): 557–564
Keywordslandscape management framework, ecosystem management, landscapes, novel ecosystems
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