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Rewilding

Rewilding

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, September 10, 2019/Categories: natural history, video, sustainability, art and design, environment, adventure , Archive Pick of the Week

It's unlikely wooly mammoths will once again roam in the Arctic but the success of wolves returned to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem showed how tropic cascades can be reestablished in disturbed landscapes. Rewilding is an exciting idea from conservation biology now gaining traction. The concept envisions taking degraded lands and restoring them by directed interventions, usually a re-introduction of a top ecosystem component, such as a predator, grazer, or 'kickstarting' ecological succession with specific trees that affects everything else in the landscape.

George Monbiot, an environmental writer for The Guardian newspaper in the UK, explains the basic idea.


                        George Monbiot on Rewilding (credit: TED)


It is nice thought that a 'silent spring' could lead into a 'wild summer'.

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