Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration
Five Case Studies from the United States
340 pages | 6 x 9
Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration presents case studies of five of the most noteworthy large-scale restoration projects in the United States: Chesapeake Bay, the Everglades, California Bay Delta, the Platte River Basin, and the Upper Mississippi River System. These projects embody current efforts to address ecosystem restoration in an integrative and dynamic manner, at large spatial scale, involving whole (or even multiple) watersheds, and with complex stakeholder and public roles.
Representing a variety of geographic regions and project structures, the cases shed light on the central controversies that have marked each project, outlining
• the history of the project
• the environmental challenges that generated it
• the difficulties of approaching the project on an ecosystem-wide basis
• techniques for conflict resolution and consensus building
• the ongoing role of science in decision making
• the means of dealing with uncertainties
A concluding chapter offers a guide to assessing the progress of largescale restoration projects.
Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration examines some of the most difficult and important issues involved in restoring and protecting natural systems. It is a landmark publication for scientists, policymakers, and anyone working to protect or restore landscapes or watersheds.
"Managing and preserving ecosystems has generally proceeded piecemeal, with environmentalists focusing on one species or area. Doyle (ecosystem science, University of Miami) and Drew (law, University of Miami) address the problem in all its complexity. They look at restoration of the environment in terms of five major watersheds in the United States: the Everglades, the Platte River, the California Bay-Delta, Chesapeake Bay and the Upper Missouri River.Book News Inc. 8-08
Each section begins with an overview of the challenges, and then experts discuss recent efforts to address them. They examine the problems in terms of balancing economic needs of farmers and water management with the goal of preserving the environment. This is a practical guide. The authors emphasize the need to adapt programs and new information becomes available, the Platte River being a case in point. They also take into account the need for cooperation among federal and state agencies and private organizations. The conflicts inherent in this are also addressed in a section on mediation. While the cost of cleaning and maintaining these watersheds may seem huge, Doyle notes that the entire budget could be covered by the money spent in a year to support the war in Iraq. This is a book that legislators, industrialists and all concerned citizens would profit from."
"This book is the latest in the highly praised Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration series, which offers a foundation of practical knowledge and scientific insight that will also help ecological restoration become a powerful healing tool."Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment
"Broad-scale ecosystem restoration efforts involve a very complex set of ecological and societal components, and the success of any ecosystem restoration project rests on an integrated approach to implementation. Editors Mary Doyle and Cynthia Drew have successfully synthesized many of these factors in this comprehensive volume."
Introduction: The Watershed-Wide, Science-Based Approach to Ecosystem Restoration, Mary Doyle
PART I. The Everglades
1. The Challenges of Restoring the Everglades Ecosystem
2. Everglades Ecology: The Impacts of Altered Hydrology
3. Rivers of Plans for the River of Grass: The Political Economy of Everglades Restoration
PART II. The Platte River
4. Negotiating for Endangered and Threatened Species Habitat in the Platte River Basin
5. Platte River Basin Ecology: A Three-Dimensional Approach to Adaptive Management
6. Navigating the Shoals: Costs and Benefits of Platte River Ecosystem Management
PART III. The California Bay-Delta
7. California’s Delta: The Challenges of Collaboration
8. The Ecology of Bay-Delta Restoration: An Impossible Dream?
9. Water Fights: The Economics of Allocating Scarce Water and Bay-Delta Restoration
PART IV. The Chesapeake Bay
10. The Culture of Collaboration in the Chesapeake Bay Program
11. An Ecological Perspective on Management of the Chesapeake Bay
12. Murky Waters and Murky Policies: Costs and Benefits of Restoring Chesapeake Bay
PART V. The Upper Mississippi River
13. The Upper Mississippi River and the Army Corps of Engineers’ New Role: Will Congress Fund Ecosystem Restoration?
14. Upper Mississippi Restoration Ecology: Putting Theory into Practice15. Comparing Apples and Oranges? Costs and Benefits of Upper Mississippi River System Restoration
Conclusion: Assessing Ecosystem Restoration Projects, Mary Doyle
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