Land Management in the Anthropocene: Is History Still Relevant?: Incorporating Historical Ecology and Climate Change Into Land Management; Lansdowne, Virginia, 22–25 April 2008
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 89, Issue 37, page 343, 9 September 2008
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2008), Land Management in the Anthropocene: Is History Still Relevant?: Incorporating Historical Ecology and Climate Change Into Land Management; Lansdowne, Virginia, 22–25 April 2008, Eos Trans. AGU, 89(37), 343–343, doi:10.1029/2008EO370004., , , , and (
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Ecological restoration, conservation, and land management are often based on comparisons with reference sites or time periods, which are assumed to represent “natural” or “properly functioning” conditions. Such reference conditions can provide a vision of the conservation or management goal and a means to measure progress toward that vision. Although historical ecology has been used successfully to guide resource management in many parts of the world, the continuing relevance of history is now being questioned. Some scientists doubt that lessons from the past can inform management in what may be a dramatically different future, given profound climate change, accelerated land use, and an onslaught of plant and animal invasions.