|Title||What the novel ecosystem concept provides: A reply to Kattan et al.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Miller J.R., Bestelmeyer BT|
|ARIS Log Number||345463|
The novel ecosystem concept expands the restoration palette by focusing our attention on what is possible when recovery to an historical pre-disturbance condition is not. Although some elements of the concept have long been accepted in restoration circles, the novel ecosystems framework brings these elements to the fore. There is a growing frustration with restoration prescriptions that above all else emphasize native species and historical trajectories, and there is a clear need for alternatives that recognize real limitations to achieving these goals in at least some instances. Though not perfect, the novel ecosystems framework represents such an alternative.