Authors say “Novel Ecosystems are a Trojan Horse for Conservation”

Because “they provide a license to trash nature if they provide ecosystem services”,  according to a recent article in Ensia, by Daniel Simberloff, Carolina Murcia, and James Aronson.  Ensia is an online  “magazine showcasing environmental solutions in action”, and published by the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota.

In the article,  the authors push back against the idea of novel ecosystems, which is steamrolling over restoration ecologists, and threatens to reduce the credibility of ecological restoration.  The vaguely defined idea of novel ecosystems and the accusation, by its proponents of the futility of restoration, the authors suggest, provides a convenient excuse to anyone wanting to damage the environment if they create a “novel ecosystem” to replace a prairie, a wetland,  or pine forest, for example,


About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist, Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (#0093 SER) and writer living in the Midwestern United States.
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