Rambunctious Garden by Emma Marris
Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World

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A paradigm shift is roiling the environmental world. For decades people have unquestioningly accepted the idea that our goal is to preserve nature in its pristine, pre-human state. But many scientists have come to see this as an outdated dream that thwarts bold new plans to save the environment and prevents us from having a fuller relationship with nature. Humans have changed the landscapes they inhabit since prehistory, and climate change means even the remotest places now bear the fingerprints of humanity. Emma Marris argues convincingly that it is time to look forward and create the "rambunctious garden," a hybrid of wild nature and human management.

In this optimistic book, readers meet leading scientists and environmentalists and visit imaginary Edens, designer ecosystems, and Pleistocene parks. Marris describes innovative conservation approaches, including rewilding, assisted migration, and the embrace of so-called novel ecosystems.

Rambunctious Garden is short on gloom and long on interesting theories and fascinating narratives, all of which bring home the idea that we must give up our romantic notions of pristine wilderness and replace them with the concept of a global, half-wild rambunctious garden planet, tended by us.

About Emma Marris

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Emma Marris grew up in Seattle, Washington. Since 2004, she has written for the world's foremost science journal, Nature, on ecology, conservation Biology and other topics. Her articles have also appeared in Wired, the Christian Science Monitor, and Conservation. She currently lives in Columbia, Missouri, with her husband and daughter.
Published September 6, 2011 by Bloomsbury USA. 225 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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In response to this new set of conditions, environmentalists are moving beyond the goals of restoration and protection to pursue bold new schemes to slow species loss and even, in some cases, create new and dynamic, diverse ecosystems.

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The concept of preserving nature from man's interference proved both powerful and enduring: almost a century later the Wilderness Act of 1964 empowered states to designate protected land.

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One example: Tiny patches of the urban landscape — like yards — could be encouraged (with a little help) to evolve into novel, yet sustainable, marriages of native and not-so-native species.

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The more fundamentlist conservationists wish to restore nature to a baseline state, that is, before human intervention:.

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