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Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World

by Emma Marris

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It's difficult not to see this book as an attempt to feel better about what we've done. Occasionally interesting, frequently ideological and simplifying.
  bhutten | Aug 17, 2014 |
A thought-provoking overview of modern restoration ecology. How do we move beyond the simple dichotomy of native/introduced in a world where the restoration baseline is an impossible one (because all the megafauna are extinct)? Expands on Steve Budiansky's 1996 Nature's Keepers, which undermined the notion of a “balance of nature”; Budiansky doesn't appear in the otherwise excellent bibliography. ( )
  adzebill | Mar 1, 2014 |
Awful. ( )
  Atenas | Aug 26, 2013 |
A well-written, thought-provoking book about the value of nature, what we mean by pristine wilderness, and human intervention.

"If we fight to preserve only things that look like pristine wilderness, such as those places currently enclosed in national parks and similar refuges, our best efforts can only retard their destruction and delay the day we lose. If we fight to preserve and enhance nature as we have newly defined it, as the living background to human lives, we may be able to win. We may be able to grow nature larger than it currently is. This will not only require a change in our values but a change in our very aesthetics, as we learn to accept both nature that looks a little more lived-in than we are used to and working spaces that look a little more wild than we are used to.
  PennyMck | Mar 11, 2012 |
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"For decades people have unquestioningly accepted the idea that our goal is to preserve nature in its pristine, pre-human state. But many scientists have come to see this as an outdated dream that thwarts bold new plans to save the environment and prevents us from having a fuller relationship with nature. Humans have changed the landscapes they inhabit since prehistory, and climate change means even the remotest places now bear the fingerprints of humanity. Emma Marris argues ...that it is time to look forward and create the "rambunctious garden," a hybrid of wild nature and human management. In this ...book, readers meet leading scientists and environmentalists and visit imaginary Edens, designer ecosystems, and Pleistocene parks. Marris describes innovative conservation approaches, including rewilding, assisted migration, and the embrace of so-called novel ecosystems..."--Jacket.… (more)

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