"Conservation of plant communities often boils down to managing succession. Nowhere is this more obviously true than in old fields. This book powerfully illustrates the great variety of patterns and processes that take place in abandoned agricultural land around the globe. It is an invaluable guide to how nature beats ploughshares into swards."
— Jonathan Silvertown, author of Demons in Eden: The Paradox of Plant Diversity
"Agriculturally transformed land is being abandoned as economics and lifestyles change globally, and in all sorts of ecosystems. In Old Fields, the editors use cases from around the world to compare theoretical models of old field vegetation change with reality, challenging us to know when benign neglect or active restoration will maximize the ecological or socioeconomic values of old field ecosystems."
— Suzanne J. Milton, Professor, Department of Conservation Ecology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
"The lessons to be learned from the study of old field succession are important for both ecology in general and restoration ecology in particular. This volume presents a sound conceptual framework with discussion of the socioeconomic causes of land abandonment skillfully interwoven with case histories from around the globe. It is an invaluable addition to the SER series, and important for researchers, students, and practitioners. I recommend it without reservation."
— Jim Harris, Professor, Department of Natural Resources, Cranfield University, UK