The Challenges and Opportunities of Restoring Ecosystems in Urban-influenced Areas: Insights from Northeastern Illinois
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Trans. 65th No. Amer. Wildl. and Natur. Resour. Conf. p. 225-238. (2000)
As the population of the United States increases and new development sprawls out across the landscape, ecosystems are greatly impacted. Sprawl and the competition for undeveloped land outside urban areas makes it especiaily important that we make the most effective use of the existing bank of reserved open space. Meeting goals of ecological health and connectivity at the same time that undeveloped lands are being converted to urban areas means that we have to pay closer attention to the integrity of natural areas within the urban system. Restoration is one of the best means that we have for accomplishing these important goals. The practices of "healing" degraded ecosystems through ecological restoration are becoming more effective with advances in scientific knowledge of how ecosystems function, as well as more practical experience in restoring ecosystems.
KeywordsEcosystems; United States; sprawl; Northeastern Illinois; restoration
Barro, Susan C.; Dwyer, John F. 2000. The Challenges and Opportunities of Restoring Ecosystems in Urban-influenced Areas: Insights from Northeastern Illinois. Trans. 65th No. Amer. Wildl. and Natur. Resour. Conf. p. 225-238. (2000)