Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land

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Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land

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Steven I. Apfelbaum and Alan W. Haney

264 pages pages | 7 X 10 | 24 photos and illustrations, 2 tables
Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land is the first practical guidebook to give restorationists and would-be restorationists with little or no scientific training or 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.

The first part of the book introduces the process of ecological restoration in simple, easily understood language through specific examples drawn from the authors? experience restoring their own lands in southern and central Wisconsin. It offers systematic, step-by-step strategies along with inspiration and benchmark experiences. The book?s second half shows how that same ?thinking? and ?doing? can be applied to North America?s major ecosystems and landscapes in any condition or scale.

No other ecological restoration book leads by example and first-hand experience likethis one. The authors encourage readers to champion restoration of ecosystems close to where they live . . . at home, on farms and ranches, in parks and preserves. It provides an essential bridge for people from all walks of life and all levels of experience?from land trust member property stewards to agency personnel responsible for restoring lands in their care?and represents a unique and important contribution to the literature on restoration.

"This manual celebrates human connectedness to the natural world. By putting the sciences and the arts together to restore land and bring it back to health, Steve and Alan guide us to manage the land and then to understand and love the land."

Nina Leopold Bradley

"Infused with land ethic and solid ecology, this volume spells out a compelling process for restoration, from initial concept to planning, implementation, and long-term management. Everyone interested in the practice of restoration, professionals included, will appreciate the holistic vision of restoration and its societal role espoused in this book-length essay."

John Shuey, Director of Conservation Science, Indiana Office of The Nature Conservancy

"Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land provides critical insights into the real work of healing ecological functions of degraded landscapes. The authors are visionary practitioners who have amassed a wealth of hands-on experiences validated by long-term ecological monitoring. This book will assist private land owners, public land managers, and land conservancy stewards to design and execute restoration activities yielding ecologically significant results."

Peter R. Stein, Managing Director, The Lyme Timber Company

"This down-to-earth book gives land owners the confidence and courage to initiate their own ecological restoration programs. The reader should be warned that Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land could easily inspire you to embark on a lifelong, learn-as-you-go adventure on your own land that's guaranteed to keep your brow sweaty, your knuckles dirty, and your spirit soaring."

Andre Clewell, President Emeritus, Society for Ecological Restoration International

"Ecological recovery are what many places need to recover their natural beauty. Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land is a guide to restoring ecological areas where urbanization has caused environmental decay. With chapters discussing many types of areas from plains to forests, and step by step plans to tracking progress, Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land proves to be a powerful reference and guide, highly recommended to any in charge of overseeing such projects for its comprehensive collection of tips and advice."

Midwest Book Review

"Landscape architects, who increasingly get a significant percentage of business from restoration, will find this thorough, replicable process valuable, whatever their experience level. Professionals will benefit from the authors' insistence on monitoring measurable results: Too many of our ecological and sustainable projects never receive this validation, even from LEED and its offspring."

Landscape Architecture Magazine

"Steven Apfelbaum and Alan Haney are both seasoned restoration practitioners from Wisconsin, a heartland of North American restoration practice and science. They write about restoring land on small, private holdings. The authors provide step-by-step guidance on executing and monitoring the restoration of grasslands, forests, wetlands, riparian areas, and even desert areas. It is a well-written, well-produced, and authoritative book, which I recommend wholeheartedly for readers with no appetite to tackle the specialized literature, but who have restoration projects in mind, at heart, or underway, especially on their own land."

Conservation Biology

"Overall, I would think that this book is a useful primer for undergraduates studying ecological restoration or restoration ecology. The first part is generic and could be used anywhere in the world; the latter half is heavily focused on North America. It is very well written, and it is clear that the authors have lived and breathed the subject. Anyone involved in teaching this subject should have a copy for inspiration and ideas."

Biological Conservation

"A useful volume, modesty priced by a non-profit making publisher."

Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

"Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land offers a practical, nontechnical guide to ecological restoration of damaged lands?a field that barely existed 30 years ago when coauthor Steven I. Apfelbaum bought 80 run-down acres in southern Wisconsin. Apfelbaum (of Applied Ecological Services) and Alan Haney (fomerly of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) explain how their 10-step process was applied to the Wisconsin property and show how it could apply to grassland, forest, wetland, stream, and desert ecosystems as well...Any nonbiologist charged with dealing with land will benefit from this book."

Planning

"...the wealth of information in this workbook makes it a valuable resource even for experienced restoration ecologists."

Ecological Management & Restoration

"...even individuals who have been conducting restoration projects for years may appreciate the structure and rigor outlined in the Workbook. For the less experienced restorationist, Restoring Ecological Health may provide just the motivation needed to get started, and the Workbook presents a recipe that, followed carefully, is virtually guaranteed to succeed."

Ecological Restoration
Preface

Introduction

 

PART I. Principles of Ecological Restoration

Chapter 1. Connecting with the Land: The Story of Stone Prairie Farm

-Exploring the Landscape

-Developing a Plan

-Getting Started

-Scaling Up

-Learning to Work with Nature

-Principles Learned from the Stone Prairie Experience

-Learning by Doing

-The Necessity of Stewardship

-Joy of Success

-Conclusions

 

Chapter 2. Ecological Restoration: An Overview

-Ecosystems

   Assessing the Health of Ecosystems

   Indicators of Healthy Ecosystems

   Special Importance of Diversity

-Ten-Step Process for Ecological Restoration

   Step One: Mapping and Inventory

   Step Two: Investigate the History of the Landscape

   Step Three: Interpretation of Landscape Changes

   Step Four: Develop Realistic Goals and Objectives

   Step Five: Prepare a Plan

   Step Six: Develop and Initiate a Monitoring Program

   Step Seven: Implement the Plan

   Step Eight: Document Changes and Maintain Records

   Step Nine: Periodically Reevaluate the Program

   Step Ten: Communicate and Educate

-Conclusion

 

Chapter 3. Developing a Restoration Plan

-The Restoration Process

   Step One: Inventory and Mapping

   Step Two: Investigate the History of the Landscape

   Step Three: Interpretation of Landscape Changes

   Step Four: Develop Realistic Goals and Objectives

   Step Five: Prepare a Plan

   Step Six: Develop and Initiate a Monitoring Program

   Step Seven: Implement the Plan

   Step Eight. Document Changes and Maintain Records

-Conclusion

 

Chapter 4. Implementing Restoration

-Working at the Right Scale

-Where to Start

-Working With and Not Against Nature

-Recruiting Volunteers and Hiring Professional Help

-Restoration Success and Nature's Clock

   Availability vs. Phenology

   Reading Phenology: What to Look For

   Knowing When It Is Too Late

   Throwing Everything at the Land?

   Patience, Persistence, and Long-term Perspectives

-Commonly Employed Techniques

   Hydrology

   Chemical Challenges

   Biological Techniques

   Site Preparation

   Seeding and Planting

   Control of Woody Vegetation

   Use of Fire

-A Management Program

-Conclusions

 

Chapter 5. Monitoring Progress

-Affirming Measurable Objectives

-Basic Monitoring Techniques

   Light Quality and Quantity

   Plant Community and Vegetation

   Hydrology

   Faunal Monitoring

-Other Benefits of Monitoring

-Is There Ever an Endpoint?

-Conclusions

 

PART II. Applying Restoration to Different Types of Ecosystems

Chapter 6. Grassland Restoration

-Historic Grasslands in North America

-Grassland Fauna

-Vegetation

-Fire

-Stressors

-Market and Policy Changes

-Restoration Practices

   Mixed-grass and Short-grass Prairie Restoration

   Tallgrass Prairie Restoration

   Choice of Species

   Caring for New Prairie

   Prescribed Fire

   Control of Woody Invasives

-Conclusions

 

Chapter 7. Restoring Forest Ecosystems

-The Challenge of Restoring Forested Ecosystems

-Applying the Principles of Restoration

   Examples Across North America

   Longleaf-slash Pine Forests

   Bottomland Hardwood Forests

   Oak-pine and Loblolly-short-leaf Pine Forests

   Oak-hickory Forests and Northern Hardwood Forests

   Boreal Forests

   Savannas

   Pacific Evergreen Forests

-Conclusions

 

Chapter 8. Wetland Restoration

-Wetland Form and Function

-Planning Wetland Restoration

-Regulations and Legal Definitions

-Different Types of Wetlands

-Substrates

-Water Quality

-Hydrology

   Classification of Wetlands

-Physical Gradients and Biological Change

-Stressors

-Restorations Strategies and Process

 

Chapter 9. Restoring Streams

-Underlying Problems

-Some Principles

-The Process of Stream Restoration

-Conclusion

 

Chapter 10. Restoring Deserts

-What Is a Desert

-Unique Biological Adaptations

-Stressors and Impacts

-Restorations Strategies

-Conclusions

 

Species List

Glossary

Notes

Index

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"This manual celebrates human connectedness to the natural world. By putting the sciences and the arts together to restore land and bring it back to health, Steve and Alan guide us to manage the land and then to understand and love the land."

Nina Leopold Bradley

"Infused with land ethic and solid ecology, this volume spells out a compelling process for restoration, from initial concept to planning, implementation, and long-term management. Everyone interested in the practice of restoration, professionals included, will appreciate the holistic vision of restoration and its societal role espoused in this book-length essay."

John Shuey, Director of Conservation Science, Indiana Office of The Nature Conservancy

"Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land provides critical insights into the real work of healing ecological functions of degraded landscapes. The authors are visionary practitioners who have amassed a wealth of hands-on experiences validated by long-term ecological monitoring. This book will assist private land owners, public land managers, and land conservancy stewards to design and execute restoration activities yielding ecologically significant results."

Peter R. Stein, Managing Director, The Lyme Timber Company

"This down-to-earth book gives land owners the confidence and courage to initiate their own ecological restoration programs. The reader should be warned that Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land could easily inspire you to embark on a lifelong, learn-as-you-go adventure on your own land that's guaranteed to keep your brow sweaty, your knuckles dirty, and your spirit soaring."

Andre Clewell, President Emeritus, Society for Ecological Restoration International

"Ecological recovery are what many places need to recover their natural beauty. Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land is a guide to restoring ecological areas where urbanization has caused environmental decay. With chapters discussing many types of areas from plains to forests, and step by step plans to tracking progress, Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land proves to be a powerful reference and guide, highly recommended to any in charge of overseeing such projects for its comprehensive collection of tips and advice."

Midwest Book Review

"Landscape architects, who increasingly get a significant percentage of business from restoration, will find this thorough, replicable process valuable, whatever their experience level. Professionals will benefit from the authors' insistence on monitoring measurable results: Too many of our ecological and sustainable projects never receive this validation, even from LEED and its offspring."

Landscape Architecture Magazine

"Steven Apfelbaum and Alan Haney are both seasoned restoration practitioners from Wisconsin, a heartland of North American restoration practice and science. They write about restoring land on small, private holdings. The authors provide step-by-step guidance on executing and monitoring the restoration of grasslands, forests, wetlands, riparian areas, and even desert areas. It is a well-written, well-produced, and authoritative book, which I recommend wholeheartedly for readers with no appetite to tackle the specialized literature, but who have restoration projects in mind, at heart, or underway, especially on their own land."

Conservation Biology

"Overall, I would think that this book is a useful primer for undergraduates studying ecological restoration or restoration ecology. The first part is generic and could be used anywhere in the world; the latter half is heavily focused on North America. It is very well written, and it is clear that the authors have lived and breathed the subject. Anyone involved in teaching this subject should have a copy for inspiration and ideas."

Biological Conservation

"A useful volume, modesty priced by a non-profit making publisher."

Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

"Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land offers a practical, nontechnical guide to ecological restoration of damaged lands?a field that barely existed 30 years ago when coauthor Steven I. Apfelbaum bought 80 run-down acres in southern Wisconsin. Apfelbaum (of Applied Ecological Services) and Alan Haney (fomerly of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) explain how their 10-step process was applied to the Wisconsin property and show how it could apply to grassland, forest, wetland, stream, and desert ecosystems as well...Any nonbiologist charged with dealing with land will benefit from this book."

Planning

"...the wealth of information in this workbook makes it a valuable resource even for experienced restoration ecologists."

Ecological Management & Restoration

"...even individuals who have been conducting restoration projects for years may appreciate the structure and rigor outlined in the Workbook. For the less experienced restorationist, Restoring Ecological Health may provide just the motivation needed to get started, and the Workbook presents a recipe that, followed carefully, is virtually guaranteed to succeed."

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