What the novel ecosystem concept provides: a reply to Kattan et al

James R. Miller, Brandon T. Bestelmeyer

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The novel ecosystem concept expands the restoration palette by focusing our attention on what is possible when recovery to an historical pre-disturbance condition is not. Although some elements of the concept have long been accepted in restoration circles, the novel ecosystem framework brings these elements to the fore. There is a growing frustration with restoration prescriptions that above all else emphasize native species and historical trajectories, and there is a clear need for alternatives that recognize real limitations to achieving these goals in at least some instances. Though not perfect, the novel ecosystem framework represents such an alternative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)488-490
Number of pages3
JournalRestoration Ecology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2017


  • decision trees
  • ecological restoration
  • historical conditions
  • proof of concept
  • restoration terminology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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