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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.

Step 1 Inventory and Map Your Land
Task 1: Create a Basemap Task
Task 2: Characterize Land Use or Cover Types
Task 3: Refine Ecological Units
Task 4: Map Current Conditions of Ecological Units
Task 5: Review Soil Type Distribution and Assess Seedbanks
Task 6: Map Drainage
Task 7: Map Locations of Significant Populations of Invasive Species
Task 8: Assess and Map Stressors

Step 2 Investigate Historic Conditions
Task 9: Complete Historic Conditions Data Form
Task 10: Map Soils and Surface Geology
Task 11: Understand How Your Land Has Changed

Step 3 Interpret Landscape Changes
Task 12. Develop Working Hypotheses
Task 13. Map Ecotones and Gradients

Step 4 Develop Goals and Objectives
Task 14. Develop Restoration Goals and Objectives
Task 15. Review and Firm up Framing Infrastructure
Task 16. Develop a Project Governance Plan
Task 16. Develop a Project Governance Plan
Task 17. Prepare a Preliminary Budget
Task 18. Refine Goals and Objectives

Step 5 Develop Your Restoration Plan
Task 19. Design the Outline (Content) of Your Plan

Step 6 Develop a Good Monitoring Program
Task 20. Develop Your Monitoring Program

Step 7 Implement the Plan
Task 21. Develop a Task List and Schedule
Task 22. Develop Project Phasing Plans
Task 23. Develop Detailed Specifications
Task 24. Determine Restoration Methods and Equipment Needs
Task 25. Procure Plants, Seeds, and Materials
Task 26. Complete Final Budget
Task 27. Develop Long-term Maintenance Budget and Endowment

Step 8 Maintain Good Records
Task 28. Decide What Will Be Recorded
Task 29. Develop a Record-keeping Strategy

Step 9 Review the Project
Task 30. Schedule Semiannual and Annual Reviews
Task 31. Refine the Restoration Program as Suggested by the Review

Step 10 Share the Restoration Process
Task 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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