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Lexicon Terms: Cultural Landscapes and Historic Preservation

Section summary: Cultural landscapes and historic preservation are each concerned with sites significant to history and cultural identity.  Within each field, there is some level of awareness that selective study or preservation of sites creates history and identity, privileging particular … Continue reading

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Lexicon terms: Ecological Memory, Ecosystem Restoration and Novel Ecosystems

Ecological Memory Ecological memory is a term from ecological restoration, which contributes to a site’s ability to regenerate after disturbance, “After a community or ecosystem is lost, it may leave behind an ecological memory.  The site history, soil properties, spores, … Continue reading

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Lexicon terms: spontaneous vegetation, weeds and invasive species

Spontaneous vegetation, weeds and invasive species are three overlapping terms that refer to plants that were not intentionally cultivated at a given site by humans but not considered to grow there naturally, either.  The term “weeds” is used to refer … Continue reading

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Lexicon term: park

The OED defines park, 3. a. A large public garden or area of land used for recreation. c. orig. U.S. An extensive area of land set apart as public property, to be kept in its natural state for the benefit … Continue reading

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Lexicon term: aesthetic of care

The OED defines aesthetic, 1. Of or pertaining to sensuous perception, received by the senses. 2. Of or pertaining to the appreciation or criticism of the beautiful. 3. Of persons, animals: Having or showing an appreciation of the beautiful or … Continue reading

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