Re: Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- The myth of restoration?

Peter Unmack (peter.lists at)
Fri, 6 May 2005 14:26:01 -0500 (CDT)

On Fri, 6 May 2005, Laura Burbage wrote:

> Lastly, my BIG beef with many restoration projects, and even much of the
> restoration literature, is that it often focuses on geomorphology and
> ignores the biological processes that comprise healthy systesms.

In terms of-in-least some (maybe most?) fishes, geomorph is often the
major problem that is screwing up their habitat, as ultimately their
habitat is created and determined by geomorphic processes. If you change
those, you change the configuration and characteristics of the stream,
which potentially changes the available habitat. Which is not to say this
is the only important thing, but it-in-least some cases it is very

But I understand and agree with your points.

Peter Unmack
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