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The Unblinking Owl of Ecological Restoration – February 7, 2014
As evidence mounts of the scope of climate change and its varied impacts on the world, it makes sense to consider its impact on ecological restoration projects. It is not always clear how best to accomplish this.

A commonly asserted idea is that plant populations must move northwards (see for example Handel’s editorial in Ecological Restoration, December 20131) to ensure their survival. This seems logical – as the world warms, colder-adapted plants (species and genetic strains of species) would be expected to feel more welcomae north of their existing homes in cooler regions. However, this is unlikely to be universally applicable. Uncritically repeating this idea could do considerable damage. For full blog post, click here.

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