Rewilding relies on more than species

Researchers found that landscape variation, like the diverse terrain of Yellowstone National Park, may determine the effectiveness of rewilding efforts. Credit: David Mencin via Imaggeo

As efforts to restore landscapes through rewilding pick up around the world, researchers say it takes more than just reintroducing a species. The success of these efforts may ultimately rely on the landscape. Researchers found that landscapes with more varied landscapes hold more rewilding potential. Looking at Yellowstone National Park, they found the area’s mountains and varied terrain offered wildlife a variety of niche environments for food and shelter. The team from the University of Amsterdam and the Dutch State Forestry Service is presenting its research at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2021.

Read more about their findings here.