by Caroline Fraser
Metropolitian Books, New York, 2009
Borrowed from the library.
Rewilding is large-scale conservation based around the idea of cores, corridors and carnivores. This means restoring and protecting large areas of wilderness, like national or state parks, providing connectivity between these areas through corridors or checkerboard grids and reintroducing and/or protecting top predators and keystone species.
Fraser’s book is an excellent introducing to this method of conservation biology. Starting with a description of the Yukon to Yellowstone initiative, she traveled the world in search of rewilding projects.
Some are working and some are not, ofter due to politics and too much burocracy. These are all exciting projects but the one that most intrigues me is the European Green Belt which is being built along the former Iron Curtain.
Interestingly the projects that seem to be progressing and expanding are those that stretch across boundaries and borders.
Because this book was due back at the library I had to rush through the last half of it. I intend to search for a used copy to add to my personal library, reading about all the attempts to bring things back into balance definitely lifted my spirits.