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With fewer and fewer pristine places on earth left to preserve, restoration is the "new" conservation. Yet the work is anything but easy. Ecology is complex, and restoration projects are often controversial. How do we know what's natural? What should nature look like? Can we ever really turn back the clock?
These debates have real consequences for the land, and for the values people live by. Nature's Restoration poses intriguing questions about how people can live on the earth without destroying its natural systems.
Through detailed reporting and numerous interviews, Friederici's lyrical writing puts us on the front lines of restoration to learn how this growing movement shapes places and inspires people.
Nature's Restoration relates the passion of ordinary citizens who are changing the way we think about nature. They are restoring animal habitats, reintroducing native plants, bringing back lost species, and gaining a greater intimacy with the natural world. On a planet suffering from serious ecological problems, the growing restoration movement is a refreshing attempt to set things right.
"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."
Bill McKibben, author of "The End of Nature"
"[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."
Gary Paul Nabhan, author of "Why Some Like it Hot"
"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."
Stephanie Mills, author of "In Service of the Wild" and "Epicurean Simplicity"
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