Restoring Layered Landscapes

Restoring Layered Landscapes : History, Ecology, and Culture

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Restoring Layered Landscapes brings together historians, geographers, philosophers, and interdisciplinary scholars to explore ecological restoration in landscapes with complex histories shaped by ongoing interactions between humans and nature. For many decades, ecological restoration - particularly in the United States - focused on returning degraded sites to conditions that prevailed prior to human influence. This model has been broadened in recent decades,
and restoration now increasingly focuses on the recovery of ecological functions and processes rather than on returning a site to a specific historical state. Nevertheless, neither the theory nor the practice of restoration has fully come to terms with the challenges of restoring layered landscapes, where
nature and culture shape one another in deep and ongoing relationships.

Former military and industrial sites provide paradigmatic examples of layered landscapes. Many of these sites are not only characterized by natural ecosystems worth preserving and restoring, but also embody significant political, social, and cultural histories. This volume grapples with the challenges of restoring and interpreting such complex sites: What should we aim to restore in such places? How can restoration adequately take the legacies of human use into account? Should traces of the
past be left on the landscape, and how can interpretive strategies be creatively employed to make visible the complex legacies of an open pit mine or chemical weapons manufacturing plant?

Restoration aims to create new value, but not always without loss. Restoration often disrupts existing ecosystems, infrastructure, and artifacts. The chapters in this volume consider what restoration can tell us more generally about the relationship between continuity and change, and how the past can and should inform our thinking about the future. These insights, in turn, will help foster a more thoughtful approach to human-environment relations in an era of unprecedented anthropogenic global
environmental change.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 170 x 234 x 19mm | 430g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0190240326
  • 9780190240325
  • 1,532,240

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ; Contributors ; INTRODUCTION ; Chapter 1: Ecological Restoration and Layered Landscapes ; Marion Hourdequin and David Havlick ; PART ONE: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE RESTORATION OF LAYERED LANDSCAPES ; Chapter 2: Ecological Restoration, Continuity, and Change: Negotiating History and Meaning in Layered Landscapes ; Marion Hourdequin ; Chapter 3: The Different Faces of History in Postindustrial Landscapes ; Jozef Keulartz ; Chapter 4: Nature and Our Sense of Loss ; Alan Holland ; Chapter 5: Layered Industrial Sites: Experimental Landscapes and the Virtues of Ignorance ; Matthias Gross ; PART TWO: APPROACHING LAYERED LANDSCAPES: RESTORATION IN CONTEXT ; Chapter 6: Restoring Wildness to the Scottish Highlands: A Landscape of Legacies ; Holly Deary ; Chapter 7: Environmental Versus Heritage Stewardship: Nova Scotia's Annapolis River and the Canadian Heritage River System ; Jennifer Welchman ; Chapter 8: 'Get Lost in the Footnotes of History': The Restorative Afterlife of Rocky Flats, Colorado ; Peter Coates ; Chapter 9: Restoration, History, and Values at Transitioning Military Sites in the U.S. ; David Havlick ; PART THREE: REPRESENTATION AND INTERPRETATION OF LAYERED LANDSCAPES ; Chapter 10: Slavery, Freedom, and the Cultural Landscape: Restoration and Interpretation of Monocacy National Battlefield ; John Spiers ; Chapter 11: Re-Naturalization and Industrial Heritage in America's Largest Superfund Site: The Case of the Warm Springs Ponds in Montana's Clark Fork Superfund Site ; Fred Quivik ; Chapter 12: Material Transformations: Urban Art and Environmental Justice ; Mrill Ingram ; Chapter 13: Layered Landscapes, Conflicting Narratives and Environmental Art: Painful Memories, Embarrassing Histories of Place ; Martin Drenthen ; CONCLUSION ; Chapter 14: Layered Landscapes as Models for Restoration and Conservation ; David Havlick and Marion Hourdequin ; Index
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"Reading this book gave a wide and thorough understanding of the many aspects that belongs to the effort of restoring (layered) landscapes."
-- Environmental Values
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About Marion Hourdequin

Marion Hourdequin is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Colorado College.

David Havlick is Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.
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