Moyle calls for reconciling conservation with reality

"Most aquatic ecosystems in California are so highly altered that attempting to restore them to an earlier condition or stable state is largely not possible," UC Davis fish biology professor Peter Moyle says in an essay published in the September 2013 issue of River Research and Applications. Managers need to recognize this reality to find ways to direct change towards novel ecosystems with desirable features, such as native species." Moyle, associate director of the Center for Watershed Studies, says "reconciliation ecology" is a practical approach to living with the new reality. It includes actively guiding ecosystem change, as illustrated by Putah Creek, Cosumnes River, Eel River and Six Bit Gulch in California.