Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Restoring the Pacific Northwest: The Art and Science of Ecological Restoration in Cascadia

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Restoring the Pacific Northwest: The Art and Science of Ecological Restoration in Cascadia

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Apostol, Dean and Marcia Sinclair (Eds). Restoring the Pacific Northwest: The Art and Science of Ecological Restoration in Cascadia. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2006. 475pp. ISBN 1- 55963-078-7 pbk. US $49.95.

This is a book in which the reader should not simply pass over the Foreword. Eric Higgs provides a profoundly poetic vision yet very practical opening discussion that sets the scene for all that follows. The many authors demonstrate a wisdom and competence that do justice to Higgs' vision. In short, it is a remarkable and very valuable book.

The opening chapters provide a concise and incisive account of the region and of the authors' perspective on ecological restoration. Next, part two has a series of nine chapters, each dealing with one of the major ecosystems of the region and providing detailed case studies of restoration projects within each. In part three, six chapters each deal with special environmental issues that are shared across ecosystem boundaries, including urbanization, waterways, largescale landscapes and watersheds, wildlife, invasive vegetation and the traditional knowledge of indigenous people.

The result is one of the most practical texts of which I am aware. It deals in depth with restoration in a diversity of temperate climate ecosystems. The simple fact that the whole book is based upon a single relatively large geographical region means that the chapters are related to each other to an extent which rarely occurs in a volume of papers written by various authors. …

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