The Ten Principles of Ecological Restoration...
Mimic nature wherever possible
It follows from the premise, ‘Nature knows best,’
that we should seek to mimic natural processes when we work to restore
degraded ecosystems and habitats. Under natural processes, a damaged
parcel of habitat would heal itself over time. This process has been
undermined to the point that it cannot fully take place under its own
power. When we plant replacement species in empty niches, we do so in
patterns which copy the natural distribution of naturally regenerating
plants in similar types of habitat in a functioning system. This is
in contrast to commercial tree planting, which is done in a linear fashion,
and where the land is shaped only to human needs or desires.