Restoring Paradise: Rethinking and Rebuilding Nature in Hawai'i - A Latitude 20 Book (Hardback)Robert J. Cabin (author)
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Cabin's extensive experience as a research ecologist and applied practitioner enables him to provide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at successful and inspiring restoration programs. In Part 1 he recounts Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge's efforts to restore thousands of acres of degraded pasture on the island of Hawai`i back to the native rain forests that once dominated the area and sheltered native birds now on the brink of extinction. Along the way, he presents an overview of Hawaiian natural and cultural history, biogeography, and evolutionary biology. Following chapters look at restoration work underway by the U.S. Park Service to reestablish native species within the vast Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park; by a charismatic scientist and dedicated volunteers to restore the native forests of Auwahi on the southern slopes of Haleakal?; and by the Limahuli branch of Kauai's National Tropical Botanical Garden to revive a thousand-year-old taro plantation. To investigate the compelling and often conflicting philosophies and strategies of those involved in restoration, Cabin opens Part 3 with interview excerpts from a cross-section of Hawai`i's environmental community. He concludes with a provocative and insightful discussion of the contentious, evolving relationship between humans and nature and the power and limitations of science within and beyond Hawai`i.
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Number of pages: 280
With the publication of Robert Cabin's book we now have an opportunity to better understand some of the most vexing issues confronting conservationists, with the assurance of a balanced presentation free from the off-putting rhetoric that seems to accompany most conversations on these topics. I enthusiastically recommend this book to academics, community activists and all those interested in the future of nature.-- "Biological Conservation"
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