Making Nature Whole
A History of Ecological Restoration
Authors: Jordan III, William R., Lubick, George M.
- William Jordan is a leading person in the development of ecological restoration in the US, a founding member of the Society for Ecological Restoration and the first journal of the field (now Ecological Restoration)
- The book makes timely and important contributions to ongoing discussions and controversies in the rapidly growing field of restoration
- The authors’ approach of setting environmental restoration against a broader history of environmental attitudes, degradation, and management is unique
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- About this book
Making Nature Whole is a seminal volume that presents an in-depth history of the field of ecological restoration as it has developed in the United States over the last three decades. The authors draw from both published and unpublished sources, including archival materials and oral histories from early practitioners, to explore the development of the field and its importance to environmental management as well as to the larger environmental movement and our understanding of the world.
Considering antecedents as varied as monastic gardens, the Scientific Revolution, and the emerging nature-awareness of nineteenth-century Romantics and Transcendentalists, Jordan and Lubick offer unique insight into the field's philosophical and theoretical underpinnings. They examine specifically the more recent history, including the story of those who first attempted to recreate natural ecosystems early in the 20th century, as well as those who over the past few decades have realized the value of this approach not only as a critical element in conservation but also as a context for negotiating the ever-changing relationship between humans and the natural environment.
Making Nature Whole is a landmark contribution, providing context and history regarding a distinctive form of land management and giving readers a fascinating overview of the development of the field. It is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding where ecological restoration came from or where it might be going.
- About the authors
William R. Jordan III is Director of the New Academy for Nature and Culture and Codirector of the Institute for Nature and Culture, DePaul University, in Chicago, Illinois. George M. Lubick is a historian who has taught courses in American environmental history and the American West at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff.
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- Book Title
- Making Nature Whole
- Book Subtitle
- A History of Ecological Restoration
- William R. Jordan III
- George M. Lubick
- Series Title
- The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration
- Island Press/Center for Resource Economics
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- Island Press
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- XIV, 258