The Maine Woods

A Publication of the Forest Ecology Network

 Volume Five     Number One                           Late Winter 2001

 Ten Commandments of Forest Restoration

1.  Restoration is essential for the planet's survival

2.  Restoration means all current ecosystems exhibiting ecological integrity must be immediately protected

3. Restoration requires that all actions degrading ecological integrity must stop

4.  Restoration recognizes that fire, disease, and other natural disturbances are central to maintaining ecological integrity

5.  Restoration is about the interdependence of all living organisms and must be approached on a local, regional, continental, and      global scale.

6.  Restoration requires reducing, reusing, and recycling, as well as the development of alternatives

7. Restoration is a reinvestment in natural capital

8.  Restoration is essential for a sustainable economy

9.  Restoration is needed to avert catastrophic climate change

10. Restoration represents physical, biologic, and spiritual renewal

by Jonathan Carter

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