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This Land Is Your LandThe Story of Field Biology in America$
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Michael J. Lannoo

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226358475

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226358505.001.0001

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The Restoration Biologists

The Restoration Biologists

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(p.232) The Restoration Biologists
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This Land Is Your Land
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Michael J. Lannoo

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226358505.003.0007

This chapter rounds out and completes to book. Once ecosystems have been lost or degraded, it falls to the restoration biologists to bring them back. These people first determine which critical species composed the original landscape and which ecological processes they provided. Re-establishing these landscapes is typically costly and time intensive. Special features of the original ecosystems, such as the presence of endangered species or occasionally hosting big carnivores or migratory species, must also be taken into account. Ultimately, the legacy of American field biologists is our current understanding of the components and processes of these local, regional and global ecosystems; the stocking of vast natural history museums; and the acquisition of the knowledge necessary to not only identify the vast numbers and types of public lands natural area set asides, but also provide the information underlying America’s ground breaking environmental legislation. These land set-asides and legislative initiatives are ideas that have been exported globally and are now components of nearly every nation on earth.

Keywords:   Aldo Leopold, Norman C. Fassett, Theodore M. Sperry, Roy Chapman Andrews, Gordon MacCreagh, Jim Furnish, Michael Dombeck, Wallace Stegner, Indiana Jones, America’s best idea

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