Nature's Restoration: People and Places on the Front Lines of Conservation / Edition 1

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Overview

Across America and around the world, people are working to help nature heal itself. In Bermuda, a man single-handedly grows thousands of trees on a small island to restore nesting habitat for a rare seabird. In Illinois, legions of volunteers replant prairies in the shadows of freeways. In Virginia, a farmer works to bring back the mighty American chestnut. What drives these individuals? How did their passions come about, and what are the implications for restoring the environment? Nature’s Restoration: People and Places on the Front Lines of Conservation is a lyrical look at these and other examples of ordinary citizens aiming to return sizable tracts of the American landscape to nature, and to health. They’ve found success in preserving rare species, reversing negative ecological trends, and promoting greater intimacy with nature. Yet the work is far from simple. Restoration projects are often in the news not only because of the promise they hold, but also because of the controversy they provoke. Based on detailed reporting and numerous interviews, Nature’s Restoration puts us on the front lines of restoration to learn how this burgeoning national movement shapes both places and people.
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Editorial Reviews

author of <i>In Service of the Wild</i> and <i>Epicurean Simplicity</i> - Stephanie Mills

"In Peter Friederici's accurate and artful telling, these tales from the 21st century earth healing frontier become the classics that will inform hopeful deeds for years to come."
author of <i>The End of Nature</i> - Bill McKibben

"David Brower...said that the 21st [century] would be devoted to 'recovery, restoration, and repair.' Here are just the kind of people he had in mind, captured in the intriguing act of doing great good and having great fun."
author of Why Some Like it Hot - Gary Paul Nabhan

"[Friederici] has an earth literacy and wisdom about this topic that will awe anyone, but add to that his colorful, breathtaking writing, and you can't help but go away from this book inspired."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559630856
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 4/21/2006
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


Prologue: One Man, 15 Acres, 40 Years
Introduction: Prospero's Work
 
Chapter 1. Smoldering at the Roots
Chapter 2. Entering the Woods
Chapter 3. The Entrepreneurs
Chapter 4 The Voyage of the Moon-Eyed Horse
Chapter 5. Under the Bridge of Clouds
 
Acknowledgments
Notes
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