Integrating Restoration and Succession

  • Richard J. Hobbs
  • Lawrence R. Walker
  • Joe Walker


In this book, we have explored the proposition that succession is a key ecological process that should underpin much ecological restoration. Ecological restoration is viewed as the manipulation of successional processes to meet realistic targets in restoring damaged landscapes. We have explored the linkages between ecological succession and the practice of restoration from a variety of different perspectives, including aboveground and belowground processes, and apply this understanding to restoration in particular biophysical settings and ecosystem types. The chapters address the question of what types of information are required from studies of ecological succession to aid decisions in restoration projects. In this chapter,we recognize that restoration activities must draw from a variety of disciplines within ecology as outlined in Table 8.1, but emphasize the strong linkage of restoration with succession.


Ecological Restoration Restoration Project Restoration Effort Restoration Activity Ecological Succession 
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  • Lawrence R. Walker
  • Joe Walker

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