The term “rewilding” is a buzzword for many people, with a lot of associated ideas that are attached to it. However, with research into the selected topics of soil remediation, restoration of rural and urban areas, water systems, and wildlife management, a future can be painted that allows theories and physical plans to positively impact ecosystems.
Through integrating the deliberate planting of key species of nitrogen fixing plants with the reintroduction of natural predator/prey species relationships, coupled with correct storm water management (with the help of riparian buffer zones and proper tree planting), it is possible to restore natural system health to all ecosystems. The stacking of functions is the most important thing when considering ecological redesign and restoration of an area; and with this, each aspect must be considered equally- remediation of soil with reestablishment of food production, keeping in mind the effects and input of wildlife.
With all of this, it is impossible to effectively rewild, restore, or regenerate an area- urban or rural, state or privately owned- without first considering the larger picture through the lens of whole systems, integrated thinking. When put together, each avenue of this research creates a complete picture of the processes needed to restore human-involved, productive ecosystems.