But interestingly, in his masterpiece work, The Diversity of Life, 1992, he said this:
“Here is the means to end the great extinction spasm: The next century will be the era of restoration in ecology.”
That was twenty-seven years ago and still, more than ever, the prediction is profoundly correct. In the face of the ever-increasing global destruction of species and ecosystems, it has become obvious that protection efforts alone are not enough to mitigate the damage. Something more must be done to save our planet’s diversity of life. And native ecosystem restoration will serve as a critical tool for rescuing Earth’s vanishing biodiversity.
Often ecosystem restoration starts and ends with the restoration of the native plant community, and that’s especially true of restorations on a smaller scale. So it’s largely a botanical pursuit. But by virtue of the existence of a healthy restored native plant community there follows an increase in numbers of animal species, such as birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, spiders, and others. Hence the ecosystem with its native biodiversity is, at least in large part, successfully restored.
Restoration ecology follows two important rules of thumb:
These two rules of thumb have particular importance to endemic species (a species that exists in a particular area and nowhere else on Earth) and species in peril. Fragmentation of ecosystems does cause loss of biodiversity. These two concepts are important in conservation decision making, for example, the establishment of corridors to connect a fragmented ecosystem.
...to be continued...stay tuned....
Johnny Armstrong, Author
Now that my 42-year career as a pathologist (which I like to think of as being Columbo behind a microscope), is a story for another time, I’m focusing more time and energy on my long-time passion for and commitment to critical conservation issues. As a first-time published novelist, I’m also discovering the new and sometimes exciting, sometimes baffling world of book promotion. Shadowshine is my first novel.
“Up there on your bookshelf between Tolkien and Watership Down is where this book belongs. As an anthropomorphic adventure that winds through the realm of animals possessing courage, savagery, perseverance, and ultimately wisdom in the face of mounting evil threats – humans disconnected from the natural world – the tale is relevant, if not necessary.”
Kelby Ouchley, author of Bayou Diversity: Nature & People in the Louisiana Bayou Country
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Shadowshine, An Animal Adventure
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