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The Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land Workbook

The Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land Workbook
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Steven I. Apfelbaum and Alan Haney

200 pages | 8.5 x 10
Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land was the first practical guidebook to give restorationists and would-be restorationists with little or no scientific 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.

This companion workbook describes more fully the planning tools and techniques outlined in the book and offers a wealth of specific resources, including worksheets and spreadsheets to help you determine what equipment and plant materials you need, create project schedules, monitor results, and estimate costs. Online versions of the forms are available, making it even easier for you to incorporate them into your own projects. In addition, the authors and their network of professional advisers are offering free consulting sessions of up to one hour to purchasers of the book, giving you expert knowledge and experience that can help make your project a success.
Both books make the process of restoration accessible to everyone, from professional land managers to volunteer stewards. The tools offered will help you collect and process the information you need to make good decisions about your projects and are an invaluable resource for anyone thinking about or working on a hands-on restoration project.
"I highly recommend this unique workbook to anyone working to restore ecological health to their land. With this workbook in hand, you hold two steady, experienced guides who will be with you through every step of transforming your land. The authors give clear step-by-step directions, share pitfalls to avoid, and provide worksheets for everything from getting to know your land to budgeting and monitoring. Don't miss the fabulous online resources that accompany this volume at"
Lisa Brush, Executive Director, The Stewardship Network

"Rebuilding an ecosystem is complex. Where do you even begin? Apfelbaum and Haney provide you with a practical and proven guide. From unraveling past history and ecology to planning and implementation, this book—using real-world examples—covers all the essentials for making your vision of restored land health a reality."
Scott Nielsen, University of Alberta


PART I. Inventory and Map Your Land
Chapter 1. Create a Basemap Task
Chapter 2. Characterize Land Use or Cover Types
Chapter 3. Refine Ecological Units
Chapter 4. Map Current Conditions of Ecological Units
Chapter 5. Review Soil Type Distribution and Assess Seedbanks
Chapter 6. Map Drainage
Chapter 7. Map Locations of Significant Populations of Invasive Species
Chapter 8. Assess and Map Stressors
PART II. Investigate Historic Conditions
Chapter 9. Complete Historic Conditions Data Form
Chapter 10. Map Soils and Surface Geology
Chapter 11. Understand How Your Land Has Changed
PART III. Interpret Landscape Changes
Chapter 12. Develop Working Hypotheses
Chapter 13. Map Ecotones and Gradients
PART IV. Develop Goals and Objectives
Chapter 14. Develop Restoration Goals and Objectives
Chapter 15. Review and Firm up Framing Infrastructure
Chapter 16. Develop a Project Governance Plan
Chapter 17. Prepare a Preliminary Budget
Chapter 18. Refine Goals and Objectives
PART V. Develop Your Restoration Plan
Chapter 19. Design the Outline (Content) of Your Plan
PART VI. Develop a Good Monitoring Program
Chapter 20. Develop Your Monitoring Program
PART VII. Implement the Plan
Chapter 21. Develop a Task List and Schedule
Chapter 22. Develop Project Phasing Plans
Chapter 23. Develop Detailed Specifications
Chapter 24. Determine Restoration Methods and Equipment Needs
Chapter 25. Procure Plants, Seeds, and Materials
Chapter 26. Complete Final Budget
Chapter 27. Develop Long-term Maintenance Budget and Endowment
PART VIII. Maintain Good Records
Chapter 28. Decide What Will Be Recorded
Chapter 29.Develop a Record-keeping Strategy
PART IX. Review the Project
Chapter 30. Schedule Semiannual and Annual Reviews
Chapter 31. Refine the Restoration Program as Suggested by the Review
PART X. Share the Restoration Process
Chapter 32. Develop a Plan for Sharing Your Experiences
Appendix 1. data forms
Appendix 2. equipment, safety, and protection for restoration planning
Appendix 3. restoration contracts
Appendix 4. additional resources for readers
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