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Forests and landscapes: linking ecology, sustainability and aesthetics

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2001

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In: Sheppard, S.R.J.; Harshaw, H. W., eds. Forests and landscapes: linking ecology, sustainability and aesthetics. New York, NY: CABI Publishing: 21-28

Abstract

The prairies of the Midwestern US seem like an unlikely place for me to comment on the friuts of a workshop inspired by the forest of Canada's Pacific Northwest. But it is from this smae vantage point, more than a half-century earlier, that Aldo Leopold outlined the elements of what has been called an ecological aesthetic, a way of beholding the landscape that the contributors to this book consider as one of several means for reconciling apparent conflicts between our preferences for landscape as scenery and our desire for those landscapes to be ecologically sustainable. In examining the philosophical, scientific, and pragmatic dimensions of linking aesthetic and sustainability values, participants in the Peter Wall Exploratory Workshop have gone far to advance our understanding of Leopold's ecological aesthetic, both exciting us about its possibilities and cautioning us about its limitations. As you delve into the chapters of this book, I am sure that you will recieve not only many good answers on how to deal with aesthetic and sustainability values, but will also be instilled as i was with the urge to question, test, refine, and aply the ideas and suggestions the contributors have put forth.

Citation

Gobster, Paul H. 2001. Forests and landscapes: linking ecology, sustainability and aesthetics. In: Sheppard, S.R.J.; Harshaw, H. W., eds. Forests and landscapes: linking ecology, sustainability and aesthetics. New York, NY: CABI Publishing: 21-28

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