Restoration Ecology | UConn

For me, I mean I really care about this planet, I care about nature. The forest that we have in southern New England today is largely fragmented and so trying to rewild this, the way to rewild it actually will take a lot of human intervention. It will take a lot of management and continuous management. Rewilding came out in the early 90s. The idea was to make these very large wildlife areas in North America and it really is a top-down type of restoration ecology. So you have this top predator that you’ve reintroduced into an environment and there’s all these different ecological trophic effects that are happening that are very positive for that environment. Rewilding itself really is a subset of restoration ecology. But it captured the minds of a lot of people. For me I wanted to kind of see where it worked and get a sense of that. So I think rewilding can work in the sense of as an educational tool. I would be satisfied with doing the best we can to enhance the native biodiversity in an environment and help manage for that. Through time the natural ecosystem processes will help maintain that system. And if you really want to get to the basic of it, it is about human survival, human health, we rely on healthy ecosystems.

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