Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land / Edition 2

Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land / Edition 2

by Steven I. Apfelbaum, Alan W. Haney
     
 

ISBN-10: 1597265713

ISBN-13: 9781597265713

Pub. Date: 05/11/2010

Publisher: Island Press

Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land is the first practical guidebook to give restorationists and would-be restorationists with little or no scientific training or background the “how to” information and knowledge they need to plan and implement ecological restoration activities. The book sets forth a step-by-step process for developing,

Overview

Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land is the first practical guidebook to give restorationists and would-be restorationists with little or no scientific training or background the “how to” information and knowledge they need to plan and implement ecological restoration activities. The book sets forth a step-by-step process for developing, implementing, monitoring, and refining on-the-ground restoration projects that is applicable to a wide range of landscapes and ecosystems.

The first part of the book introduces the process of ecological restoration in simple, easily understood language through specific examples drawn from the authors’ experience restoring their own lands in southern and central Wisconsin. It offers systematic, step-by-step strategies along with inspiration and benchmark experiences. The book’s second half shows how that same “thinking” and “doing” can be applied to North America’s major ecosystems and landscapes in any condition or scale.

No other ecological restoration book leads by example and first-hand experience likethis one. The authors encourage readers to champion restoration of ecosystems close to where they live . . . at home, on farms and ranches, in parks and preserves. It provides an essential bridge for people from all walks of life and all levels of experience—from land trust member property stewards to agency personnel responsible for restoring lands in their care—and represents a unique and important contribution to the literature on restoration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597265713
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Series:
The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration Series Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
 
PART I. Principles of Ecological Restoration
Chapter 1. Connecting with the Land: The Story of Stone Prairie Farm
-Exploring the Landscape
-Developing a Plan
-Getting Started
-Scaling Up
-Learning to Work with Nature
-Principles Learned from the Stone Prairie Experience
-Learning by Doing
-The Necessity of Stewardship
-Joy of Success
-Conclusions
 
Chapter 2. Ecological Restoration: An Overview
-Ecosystems
   Assessing the Health of Ecosystems
   Indicators of Healthy Ecosystems
   Special Importance of Diversity
-Ten-Step Process for Ecological Restoration
   Step One: Mapping and Inventory
   Step Two: Investigate the History of the Landscape
   Step Three: Interpretation of Landscape Changes
   Step Four: Develop Realistic Goals and Objectives
   Step Five: Prepare a Plan
   Step Six: Develop and Initiate a Monitoring Program
   Step Seven: Implement the Plan
   Step Eight: Document Changes and Maintain Records
   Step Nine: Periodically Reevaluate the Program
   Step Ten: Communicate and Educate
-Conclusion
 
Chapter 3. Developing a Restoration Plan
-The Restoration Process
   Step One: Inventory and Mapping
   Step Two: Investigate the History of the Landscape
   Step Three: Interpretation of Landscape Changes
   Step Four: Develop Realistic Goals and Objectives
   Step Five: Prepare a Plan
   Step Six: Develop and Initiate a Monitoring Program
   Step Seven: Implement the Plan
   Step Eight. Document Changes and Maintain Records
-Conclusion
 
Chapter 4. Implementing Restoration
-Working at the Right Scale
-Where to Start
-Working With and Not Against Nature
-Recruiting Volunteers and Hiring Professional Help
-Restoration Success and Nature's Clock
   Availability vs. Phenology
   Reading Phenology: What to Look For
   Knowing When It Is Too Late
   Throwing Everything at the Land?
   Patience, Persistence, and Long-term Perspectives
-Commonly Employed Techniques
   Hydrology
   Chemical Challenges
   Biological Techniques
   Site Preparation
   Seeding and Planting
   Control of Woody Vegetation
   Use of Fire
-A Management Program
-Conclusions
 
Chapter 5. Monitoring Progress
-Affirming Measurable Objectives
-Basic Monitoring Techniques
   Light Quality and Quantity
   Plant Community and Vegetation
   Hydrology
   Faunal Monitoring
-Other Benefits of Monitoring
-Is There Ever an Endpoint?
-Conclusions
 
PART II. Applying Restoration to Different Types of Ecosystems
Chapter 6. Grassland Restoration
-Historic Grasslands in North America
-Grassland Fauna
-Vegetation
-Fire
-Stressors
-Market and Policy Changes
-Restoration Practices
   Mixed-grass and Short-grass Prairie Restoration
   Tallgrass Prairie Restoration
   Choice of Species
   Caring for New Prairie
   Prescribed Fire
   Control of Woody Invasives
-Conclusions
 
Chapter 7. Restoring Forest Ecosystems
-The Challenge of Restoring Forested Ecosystems
-Applying the Principles of Restoration
   Examples Across North America
   Longleaf-slash Pine Forests
   Bottomland Hardwood Forests
   Oak-pine and Loblolly-short-leaf Pine Forests
   Oak-hickory Forests and Northern Hardwood Forests
   Boreal Forests
   Savannas
   Pacific Evergreen Forests
-Conclusions
 
Chapter 8. Wetland Restoration
-Wetland Form and Function
-Planning Wetland Restoration
-Regulations and Legal Definitions
-Different Types of Wetlands
-Substrates
-Water Quality
-Hydrology
   Classification of Wetlands
-Physical Gradients and Biological Change
-Stressors
-Restorations Strategies and Process
 
Chapter 9. Restoring Streams
-Underlying Problems
-Some Principles
-The Process of Stream Restoration
-Conclusion
 
Chapter 10. Restoring Deserts
-What Is a Desert
-Unique Biological Adaptations
-Stressors and Impacts
-Restorations Strategies
-Conclusions
 
Species List
Glossary
Notes
Index

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