The Ten Principles of Ecological Restoration...
Remove or mitigate the limiting factors that prevent
restoration from taking place naturally
Restoration of ecological systems is a natural process
often prevented or mitigated by human interference. Removing the limiting
factors can sometimes be all that is needed for restoration to be successful.
That scenario, however, is rare, especially in an urban setting. Ecosystems
contain many interdependent components all working together; when one
or more of these are removed or impaired the entire system can be damaged.
Without first correcting an ongoing practice that is impairing a natural
system, the restoration process will be fruitless. Human foot traffic
may have to be rerouted. Water quality may require addressing. Logging,
agriculture and development are all further examples of potential limiting