A Guide for Desert and Dryland Restoration: New Hope for Arid Lands

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Dryland degradation and desertification now affect almost a billion people around the world. Tragically, the biological resources and productivity of millions of acres of land are lost to desertification each year because people remain unaware of strategies and techniques that could improve yields, reduce risk, and begin healing the world's deserts. A Guide for Desert and Dryland Restoration is the first book to offer practical, field-tested solutions to this critical problem.

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A Guide for Desert and Dryland Restoration: New Hope for Arid Lands

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Overview

Dryland degradation and desertification now affect almost a billion people around the world. Tragically, the biological resources and productivity of millions of acres of land are lost to desertification each year because people remain unaware of strategies and techniques that could improve yields, reduce risk, and begin healing the world's deserts. A Guide for Desert and Dryland Restoration is the first book to offer practical, field-tested solutions to this critical problem.

Author David Bainbridge has spent more than 25 years actively involved in restoring lands across the American Southwest. A Guide for Desert and Dryland Restoration presents the results of his years of fieldwork, as well as research and experience from scientists and practitioners around the globe.

The book discusses the ecology of desert plants, explores the causes of desertification and land abuse, and outlines the processes and procedures needed to evaluate, plan, implement, and monitor desert restoration projects. It sets forth economical and practical field-tested solutions for understanding site characteristics, selecting and growing plants, and ensuring that they survive with a minimal amount of water and care. Each chapter represents a guide to a critical topic for environmental restoration; extensive photographs, diagrams and drawings give detailed information for immediate application, and additional resources are included in appendixes.

A Guide for Desert and Dryland Restoration is the first comprehensive book focused on restoring arid regions, and clearly demonstrates that arid lands can be successfully rehabilitated. In addition to restorationists, the book will be an invaluable resource for anyone working in arid lands, including farmers, ranchers, gardeners, landscapers, outdoor recreation professionals, and activists.

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David Bainbridge was trained as an earth scientist and ecologist. His special interest is sustainable management of dry lands.

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Table of Contents


A User's Guide     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
Desertification: Crisis and Opportunity     1
Understanding the Ecology of Arid Lands     13
The Economics and Psychology of Desertification     33
Why the Desert Can't Heal Itself: Understanding Disturbance     63
Restoration Approaches and Planning     90
Restoration Equipment and Supplies     112
Project Management     131
Soil Salvage and Restoration     143
Seed Collection, Storage, and Management     164
Container Plant Production and Planting     190
Direct Seeding     216
Water Management and Irrigation     225
Riparian Restoration     258
Restoration in Use     278
Restoration Monitoring     301
The Challenge Ahead     313
Plant Sampling Background and Methods     329
Stay Healthy     333
Glossary     347
References     349
About the Author     375
Index     377
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