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EE Journal 4 - should be equally dismissed But if a balance...

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David Dreisin Environmental Ethics Marion Hourdequin October 23, 2007 Environmental Restoration Journal The issue of environmental restoration is a tricky one. If done improperly, it can  disproportionally benefit either nature or humanity.  However, if approached sensibly,  ecological and environmental restoration can be equally beneficial for the natural world  as well as for ours.  If the primary focus of the restoration is for our own gain, such as  for aesthetic purposes, tourism, recreation etc...yet serves no practical purpose to the  environment that it is reconstructing, then it should not even be considered environment- al restoration, but rather landscaping.  Conversely, if the environmental restoration dis- credits or degrades the quality of life to humans in an already populated area, then it is 
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Unformatted text preview: should be equally dismissed. But if a balance can be achieved, then it is this type of en-vironmental restoration we should strive for. For example, the fact that the restoration of the Old Man on the Mountain in New Hampshire is considered environmental restora-tion seems absurd to me. It does nothing to help the environment around it, and serves solely to provide aesthetic pleasure and tourism income. Besides, the splendor of such a formation was that it was created through happenstance, not through the design of some geologist. An instance of exemplary environmental restoration was that of the marshlands following hurricane Katrina, which greatly benefited all sorts of wildlife, as well as humans....
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  • environmental restoration, Marion Hourdequin, Environmental Restoration Journal, Dreisin Environmental Ethics

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