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Beyond Preservation : Restoring and Inventing Landscapes - A.Dwight Baldwin

Beyond Preservation

Restoring and Inventing Landscapes

By: A.Dwight Baldwin (Editor)

Paperback Published: 5th January 1994
ISBN: 9780816623471
Number Of Pages: 288

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The theory of preservation assumes that humans are different from and opposed to the rest of nature. The contributors to "Beyond preservation", on the other hand, explore their belief that humans are inextricably entwined with nature and therefore have an unavoidable impact on the entire ecosystem. The comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach employed by the editors addresses the possibilities of and problems with the restoration of damaged landscapes and even the invention of new ones. William R. Jordan III, a botanist by training, is committed to ecological restoration, and in the keynote essay he advocates the premises on which his theory is based. Poet and essayist Frederick Turner is fascinated with the construction of new landscapes and proposes a more rather than less ambitious human effort to shape nature. Turner contributes an essay that, together with Jordan's, serves as a cornerstone of the volume. Both Turner and Jordan urge us to use our intelligence and our creative faculties to manage nature by restoring damaged landscapes and creating mutually beneficial relationships among all species. The lead essays are followed by a series of broadly interdisciplinary critiques that confront a host of contemporary issues having to do with our attempts to preserve or restore landscapes. Individual essays address the theoretical issues entailed in restoration; examine case studies of the application of restoration/reclamation/preservation theory and techniques; and finally, reflect on the implications and consequences of environmental restoration. Taken together, these essays are as important for the questions they raise as for their individual assessments of Jordan's and Turner's programmatic statements. A. Dwight Baldwin, Jr., is Professor of Geology at Miami University. Judith De Luce is Professor of Classics, affiliate in women's studies, and fellow in the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University. Carl Pletsch is Associate Professor of History at Miami University.

Introduction: Ecological Preservation versus Restoration and Inventionp. 3
"Sunflower Forest": Ecological Restoration as the Basis for a New Environmental Paradigmp. 17
The Invented Landscapep. 35
Restoration or Preservation? Reflections on a Clash of Environmental Philosophiesp. 69
Humans Assert Sovereignty over Naturep. 85
Landscape Restoration: More than Ritual and Gardeningp. 90
Changing Worldviews and Landscape Restorationp. 97
Restoration Ecology: Lessons Yet to Be Learnedp. 113
Art and Insight in Remnant Native Ecosystemsp. 127
Natural Forest Management of Tropical Rain Forests: What Will Be the "Nature" of the Managed Forest?p. 136
Identifying a Strategy for Forest Restoration in the Tana River National Primate Reserve, Kenyap. 154
Remaking and Restoring the Landscape of Dare County, North Carolinap. 168
Rehabilitation of Land Stripped for Coal in Ohio - Reclamation, Restoration, or Creation?p. 181
Concrete Beasts/Plaster Gardensp. 195
In the Beginning: Creation, Restoration, and Turner's Genesisp. 205
The Little Hut on the Prairie: The Ritual Uses of Restorationp. 216
The Poetics and Politics of Prairie Restorationp. 226
Gardening with J. Crew: The Political Economy of Restoration Ecologyp. 234
Sunflower Seedsp. 243
The Invented Landscape (Reprise)p. 251
Conclusion: Constructing a New Ecological Paradigmp. 260
Contributorsp. 267
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780816623471
ISBN-10: 0816623473
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 5th January 1994
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39

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