Special Issue "Terrestrial Ecosystem Restoration"

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A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2012)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Susan Cordell
USDA, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, 60 Nowelo Street, Hilo, HI 96720, Hawaii, USA
Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/programs/cb/staff/scordell/
E-Mail: scordell01@fs.fed.us
Interests: ecophysiology; restoration ecology; functional ecology; tropical dry ecosystems; grass invasions; hawaiian ecosystems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Restoration Ecology is a relatively new field where concepts such as sustainability are mostly theoretically posed rather than quantitatively based. Traditional restoration science has been guided by successional theory towards a historic reference system.  However, restoration practice must adapt new strategies as many systems appear resilient to traditional restoration approaches. This special issue of Sustainability addresses this question: How do we move forward rather than backward towards ecosystem restoration for sustainability in today’s anthropogenically-influenced systems? Recent work in restoration practice confirms that a major conceptual restoration flaw is the assumption that terrestrial systems are orderly and static rather than dynamic. Hence current restoration success criteria perhaps are not in fact realistic or sustainable.  Furthermore, how do we incorporate future disturbance regimes into criterion for sustainability—be they natural or anthropogenic, small scale or large scale? This special issue will publish papers that address questions such as how do we define, promote, and evaluate science, practice, and policy-based sustainability success criteria into the field of restoration ecology? It is a goal of this special issue to publish papers that span restoration sustainability objectives that may range from mandated restoration (i.e., endangered species recovery), to reversing biodiversity loss, to the recovery of ecosystem function. In addition, this special issue aims to publish papers investigating these questions across trophic levels, geographic origins, disturbance regimes, and/or conflicting multi-use perspectives. Papers that evaluate progress and explore novel approaches towards the sustainability of restoration theory or practice are encouraged.

Dr. Susan Cordell
Guest Editor

Keywords

  • ecosystem sustainability
  • success criteria
  • novel approaches
  • traditional restoration
  • disturbance regimes

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p. 935-951
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Sustainability 2014, 6(2), 935-951; doi:10.3390/su6020935
Received: 5 April 2013; in revised form: 25 January 2014 / Accepted: 11 February 2014 / Published: 21 February 2014
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p. 1304-1316
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Sustainability 2013, 5(3), 1304-1316; doi:10.3390/su5031304
Received: 2 January 2013; in revised form: 1 March 2013 / Accepted: 1 March 2013 / Published: 20 March 2013
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p. 1317-1339
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Sustainability 2013, 5(3), 1317-1339; doi:10.3390/su5031317
Received: 12 January 2013; in revised form: 7 February 2013 / Accepted: 15 February 2013 / Published: 20 March 2013
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p. 1340-1355
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Sustainability 2013, 5(3), 1340-1355; doi:10.3390/su5031340
Received: 31 December 2012; in revised form: 17 February 2013 / Accepted: 21 February 2013 / Published: 20 March 2013
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p. 1177-1187
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Sustainability 2013, 5(3), 1177-1187; doi:10.3390/su5031177
Received: 20 January 2013; in revised form: 2 February 2013 / Accepted: 13 February 2013 / Published: 19 March 2013
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p. 805-840
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Sustainability 2013, 5(3), 805-840; doi:10.3390/su5030805
Received: 21 November 2012; in revised form: 5 February 2013 / Accepted: 8 February 2013 / Published: 25 February 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(2), 387-399; doi:10.3390/su5020387
Received: 13 December 2012; in revised form: 14 January 2013 / Accepted: 21 January 2013 / Published: 29 January 2013
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p. 3346-3361
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Sustainability 2012, 4(12), 3346-3361; doi:10.3390/su4123346
Received: 3 September 2012; in revised form: 4 December 2012 / Accepted: 11 December 2012 / Published: 14 December 2012
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p. 3066-3087
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Sustainability 2012, 4(11), 3066-3087; doi:10.3390/su4113066
Received: 28 August 2012; in revised form: 6 November 2012 / Accepted: 6 November 2012 / Published: 13 November 2012
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p. 2334-2347
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Sustainability 2012, 4(9), 2334-2347; doi:10.3390/su4092334
Received: 29 June 2012; in revised form: 23 July 2012 / Accepted: 1 September 2012 / Published: 19 September 2012
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