Restore to what?

Keith Mulvihill, reporting for the New York Times:

“The term ‘forest restoration’ begs the question — what are you restoring to? The point isn’t to go back; the point is to go forward,” [said Katerli Bounds, director of forest restoration for the New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation]. “We know that we can’t eradicate all invasive plants, but what we can do is hold them at bay long enough for the native populations to build back up again.”

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