A Guide for Desert and Dryland Restoration
New Hope for Arid Lands
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.
Chapter 1. Desertification: crisis and opportunity
Chapter 2. Understanding the ecology of arid lands
Chapter 3. The economics and psychology of desertification
Chapter 4. Why the desert can't heal itself - understanding disturbance
Chapter 5. Restoration approaches and planning
Chapter 6. Restoration equipment and supplies
Chapter 7. Project management
Chapter 8. Soil salvage and restoration
Chapter 9. Seed collection, storage and management
Chapter 10. Container production and planting
Chapter 11. Direct seeding
Chapter 12. Water management and irrigation
Chapter 13. Riparian restoration
Chapter 14. Restoration in use
Chapter 15. Restoration monitoring
Chapter 16. The challenge ahead
About the Author