Determining Appropriate Goals for Restoration of Imperilled Communities and Species

Thorpe, A.S. and A.G. Stanley

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In this review, we draw on our experiences working with land-managers to restore native ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest (USA) to discuss some of the challenges in using pre- settlement conditions as a restoration target. We suggest that rather than focusing on historic benchmarks, restoration goals should be based on ecological principles that will lead to resilient, functioning ecosystems. We provide real-world examples for how scientists and managers can work together to define and test appropriate and effective restoration methods and targets.

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Peer-reviewed Article

Journal of Applied Ecology