Michelle E. Palmer, Wendel (Bill) Keller and Norman D. Yan Gauging recovery of zooplankton from historical acid and metal contamination: the influence of temporal changes in restoration targets Journal of Applied Ecology 50
Our results show that the choice of reference condition can alter recovery assessments. This finding emphasizes the importance of establishing clearly defined restoration goals to ensure appropriate choice of reference conditions. Restoration is unlikely to be judged as successful if an historical reference point is used to guide management actions meant to restore an ecosystem to present-day regional conditions.
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