Restoring Layered Landscapes: History, Ecology, and Culture

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EditorMarion Hourdequin, David G. Havlick

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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 asite 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 thechallenges 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 tomake 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 pastcan 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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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 retu...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:November 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsContributorsIntroduction1. Marion Hourdequin and David Havlick: Ecological Restoration and Layered LandscapesPART ONE: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE RESTORATION OF LAYERED LANDSCAPES2. Marion Hourdequin: Ecological Restoration, Continuity, and Change: Negotiating History and Meaning in Layered Landscapes3. Jozef Keulartz: The Different Faces of History in Postindustrial Landscapes4. Alan Holland: Nature and Our Sense of Loss5. Matthias Gross: Layered Industrial Sites: Experimental Landscapes and the Virtues of IgnorancePART TWO: APPROACHING LAYERED LANDSCAPES: RESTORATION IN CONTEXT6. Holly Deary: Restoring Wildness to the Scottish Highlands: A Landscape of Legacies7. Jennifer Welchman: Environmental Versus Heritage Stewardship: Nova Scotia's Annapolis River and the Canadian Heritage River System8. Peter Coates: 'Get Lost in the Footnotes of History': The Restorative Afterlife of Rocky Flats, Colorado9. David Havlick: Restoration, History, and Values at Transitioning Military Sites in the U.S.PART THREE: REPRESENTATION AND INTERPRETATION OF LAYERED LANDSCAPES10. John Spiers: Slavery, Freedom, and the Cultural Landscape: Restoration and Interpretation of Monocacy National Battlefield11. Fred Quivik: Re-Naturalization and Industrial Heritage in America's Largest Superfund Site: The Case of the Warm Springs Ponds in Montana's Clark Fork Superfund Site12. Mrill Ingram: Material Transformations: Urban Art and Environmental Justice13. Martin Drenthen: Layered Landscapes, Conflicting Narratives and Environmental Art: Painful Memories, Embarrassing Histories of PlaceConclusion14. David Havlick and Marion Hourdequin: Layered Landscapes as Models for Restoration and ConservationIndex