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Plant Reintroduction in a Changing Climate: Promises and Perils

Plant Reintroduction in a Changing Climate: Promises and Perils
Joyce Maschinski and Kristin E. Haskins (editors)
Island Press
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paper, 402 pp., $50.00

Conceived of as a follow-up after a decade and a half to Donald Falk, Constance Millar, and Margaret Olwell’s Restoring Diversity: Strategies for Reintroduction of Endangered Plants (Island Press, 1996), this accessible and engaging collection of 15 papers examines progress and problems in plant reintroduction as a solution to conservation. The editors and authors should be commended for making the technical aspects of this work understandable and thought–provoking, reasonably treating a number of issues with the approach. I especially enjoyed the frequent efforts in these papers to answer fundamental questions about the utility and efficiency of this technique for plant conservation. Certainly, reintroductions are not for everyone, there is a need for certain level of economic indepedence to move forward with this approach. If carefully planned, reintroductions can involve diverse audiences, especially students and children. Island Press, in conjunction with the Society for Ecological Restoration and Center for Plant Conservation, have contributed greatly to our notions of conservation; this work should certainly be heavily used and referenced by diverse readers around the world.

— Edward J. Valauskas, Curator of Rare Books, Lenhardt Library, Chicago Botanic Garden