What Can Landscape Ecology Contribute to Forest Landscape Restoration?

  • Thomas R. Crow
Part of the World Forests book series (WFSE, volume 15)


The art and science of restoration is now commonly viewed as integral to managing natural resources (e.g., Hobbs and Harris 2001; Stanturf and Madsen 2004; Falk et al. 2006; Bosworth and Brown 2007). This view is due in large part to an increased awareness that the cumulative impacts of human activities are profoundly affecting the biosphere – the ultimate ecosystem on which we all depend for our life sustaining goods and services. Effective restoration, however, requires confronting some rather perplexing questions. What is to be restored and to what end? How much restoration will be required in order to obtain the desired outcomes? Where and when on the landscape should restoration occur in order to maximize the benefits? And what defines success? These questions require considering subjects ranging from environmental ethics to cultural values in addition to the technical knowledge and professional judgment that tend to dominate the practice of restoration (Light and Higgs 1996; Light 2000; Vining et al. 2000; Davis and Slobodkin 2004).


Landscape Ecology Landscape Structure Restoration Activity Forest Restoration Vegetative Filter Strip 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rocky Mountain Research StationUS Forest ServiceFort CollinsUSA

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