Landscape Ecology

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 753–755 | Cite as

Applying historical range of variability concepts

J.A. Weins, G.D. Hayward, H.D. Safford, and C.M Giffen (eds.), Historical Environmental Variation in Conservation and Natural Resource Management. Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex, UK, 2012, 352 pp. illus., maps. Cloth, USD $176, ISBN 978-1-4443-3792-1; Paper, USD $72.95, ISBN 978-1-4443-3793-8; E-book, 360 pp. USD $58.99, ISBN 978-1-118-32975-7
  • Paul F. HessburgEmail author
  • Nicholas A. Povak
Book Review

The historical range of variability (HRV) has been a core theme of landscape ecology and natural resource management for at least two decades. Early papers that allude to the applicability of historical ecology to management go back more than five decades. However, application of the concepts to management has not been without caveat and controversy. Most conspicuous is the idea that ecological history never repeats itself in space or time. Consequently, is history dead and its’ application to management simply misguided? This question is especially germane when considering the lagged effects of climatic changes on evolving landscape patterns and processes.

The literature argues that much can be learned through the study of applied historical ecology, suggesting that it is relevant to understanding the nature of historical pattern and process interactions, how climatic periods influence disturbances and successional dynamics, and to understanding the direction, rate, and magnitude of...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.USDA-Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research StationWenatcheeUSA
  2. 2.College of Environment, SEFSUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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