Considering diverse knowledge systems in forest landscape restoration

Lake, Frank K.; Giardina, Christian P.; Parrotta, John A.; Davidson-Hunt, Iain. 2018. Considering diverse knowledge systems in forest landscape restoration. In: Mansourian, S., Parrotta, J., eds. Forest Landscape Restoration: Integrated approaches to support effective implementation. New York: Routledge: 37-46. Chapter 3.
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Pacific Southwest Research Station

If forest landscape restoration (FLR) aims towards living sustainably within landscapes and restoring degraded socio-ecological systems, then integrating lessons of Traditional and Western knowledge systems can inform this effort (c.f. Ruiz-Mallen and Corbera, 2013). Knowledge systems represent much more than repositories of timeless information useful to today's managers and restorationists: they are intricately coupled human and natural systems that have evolved through intergenerational and community-based stewardship of natural resources. In this context, Berkes (2007) cautions that viewing community-based conservation as a panacea ignores the complexity and depth that must be considered when engaging communities and their knowledge in conservation activities.