Washington, DC (August 21, 2014) — It’s no longer enough to prevent future damage to our planet: If we want a world rich in biodiversity and resilient to the effects of climate change, we need restoration as well as conservation. But there’s a difference between just planting some trees and creating something that actually functions as a healthy ecosystem, and until now there has been no comprehensive manual to designing and implementing ecological restoration projects that work.
In their new book, Project Planning and Management for Ecological Restoration, restoration experts John Rieger, John Stanley, and Ray Traynor fill that gap, drawing on their decades of experience practicing restoration, conducting research, and developing and refining new techniques and methods. They know that restorationists need to understand not just how ecosystems work, but also how human systems work in order to navigate the constraints of politics, economics, and human nature.
In the book, the authors describe a process for planning and managing an ecological restoration project using a simple, four-faceted approach: planning, design, implementation, and aftercare. Throughout, the authors show how to incorporate principles of landscape ecology, hydrology, soil science, wildlife biology, genetics, and other scientific disciplines into project design and implementation. Illustrations, checklists, and tables are included to help practitioners recognize and avoid potential problems that may arise.
Project Planning and Management for Ecological Restoration provides a straightforward framework for developing and carrying out an ecological restoration project that has the highest potential for success. Professional and volunteer practitioners, land managers, and property owners can apply these guidelines to the wide variety of conditions and locations where restoration is needed. Long overdue, this book will inform and advance the effective practice of this rapidly expanding field.
John Rieger is a practicing restoration ecologist, and cofounder and first president of the Society for Ecological Restoration. John Stanley is a practicing restoration ecologist consultant and cofounder of the Society for Ecological Restoration. Ray Traynor is a member of the executive team of the San Diego Association of Governments and registered landscape architect in the state of California.