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Old 02-09-2011, 01:22 PM   #1
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Here is a list of books that have been used as textbooks, not as how to manuals but to generate discussion of the practice of restoration.
The direction in which society moves on whatever subject should be looked at from a diverse perspective. I am working my way through the list.

The Once And Future Forest Leslie Sauer
http://www.amazon.com/Once-Future-Fo.../dp/1559635533

Faking Nature Robert Elliot
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/041...KET1054DAW2BGG

Nature As Subject Eric Katz
http://www.amazon.com/Nature-as-Subj.../dp/0847683044

Restoring Nature Editors Paul Gobston , Bruce Hull
http://www.amazon.com/Restoring-Natu.../dp/1559637684

The Sunflower Forest William Jordan
http://www.amazon.com/Sunflower-Fore.../dp/0520233204

Nature By Design Eric Higgs
http://www.amazon.com/Nature-Design-.../dp/0262582260

Miracle Under The Oaks William K Stevens
http://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Under-.../dp/067178045X
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Gloria, that's some pretty heavy reading! I'd like to get a little exposure to restoration thinking as I begin volunteering at the local nature preserve, so I'm going to try The Sunflower Forest.
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benj1, it is a lot of reading for sure. I haven't read The Sunflower Forest, it may be next in line if I can get it from the library soon.
Like any new way of thinking or acting restoration ecology has had it's proponents and opponents. But it has been around for some time now and has gained some respect.
Along with the love of place and community engendered by working in the field , restoration volunteers become advocates for action even when only having participated randomly. They support more government policies that are beneficial to the environment and advocate spending allocations. They support environmental education.
Don't forget to post about your exploits as a volunteer.
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Finally started The Sunflower Forest. Taking notes and will share them with you as I read.

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Restoration... bringing back a former condition whatever that might be-not just those features we consider
beautiful, interesting or useful but also those we consider uninteresting , useless, ugly replusive or even dangerous.
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Human membership in the larger community of plants and animals.
A relationship that is engaged and ...participatory and respectful of nature for its own sake.
The discussion about community is in itself enough of a reason to read this book.
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Finally started The Sunflower Forest. Taking notes and will share them with you as I read.
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Restoration... bringing back a former condition whatever that might be-not just those features we consider
beautiful, interesting or useful but also those we consider uninteresting , useless, ugly replusive or even dangerous.
I really like that quote. Interesting, it makes me really think about whether or not I am doing a restoration...if there is a scale, I am closer to restoration than just a garden.
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