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Keeping Faith with NatureEcosystems, Democracy, and America's Public Lands$
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Robert Keiter

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092738

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092738.001.0001

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Making Amends with the Past

Making Amends with the Past

Ecological Restoration and Public Lands

(p.127) Five Making Amends with the Past
Keeping Faith with Nature

Robert B. Keiter

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses attempts of ecological restoration on public lands. Ecological restoration is a key component of ecosystem management and an essential element in any meaningful biodiversity conservation or sustainability strategy. On public lands, the return of the wolf and fire epitomizes the commitment to making the landscape whole again, representing a sea change in how humans value the natural world. The chapter discusses how these restoration proposals have stirred passionate policy debates with profound economic, social, and cultural overtones that transcend the immediate environmental impacts. It also reveals that the current law, though not framed in explicit ecological restoration terms, provides the public land agencies with sufficient authority to pursue an active restoration agenda, and that they are plunging ahead into this yet-uncharted realm.

Keywords:   ecological restoration, ecosystem management, biodiversity, public lands, environmental impact

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