Different? Yes, But Still Degraded

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Authors: James Aronson1,2, Gustavo Kattan 3, Carolina Murcia 4,5, Kingsley Dixon 6,  Andre Clewell 7  David Moreno-Mateos 8,9 & Dan Simberloff 10 The precise use of terms is an important part of the maturation of a scientific discipline and of any large-scale, expensive, and time-consuming activity that requires careful monitoring and evaluation to improve its effectiveness. Thi... read more

Webinar: How to Create and Sustain a State-based Ecological Restoration Division: The Massachusetts Model

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is one of few states in the U.S. to operate a government division dedicated solely to supporting pro-active ecological restoration. A restoration advocate might ask: How was this division created, what are the benefits of its existence, and what challenges and opportunities does it foresee for the future? Tim Purinton of the Massachusetts Division of Ecological... read more

Webinar: Developing Standards for Ecological Restoration: the how, what and why of an Australian initiative

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The Australasia Chapter of SER recently published the groundbreaking National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia. The editors and key individuals in the development of these standards, Kingsley Dixon, Tein McDonald, and Justin Jonson, discuss the process for developing these standards and offer guidance for restoration professionals who may want to establish ... read more

Quandaries of a Decade-Long Restoration Experiment Trying to Reduce Invasive Species: Beat Them, Join Them, Give Up or Start over?

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Susan Cordell, PhD  Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry USDA Forest Service Hilo, Hawaii  [email protected] The historical and continued degradation of Hawaiian and Pacific Island environment has opened the door to species invasions that have transformed entire ecosystems and altered historic disturbance regimes. Once transformed, these habitats are often at a point of no return... read more

Australian Farmland Restoration Scheme a Cost-Effective Win-Win for Biodiversity and Farmers

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Dean Ansell Australian National University [email protected] A unique voluntary agri-environment scheme in southeastern Australia is not only benefiting farmers, but is also yielding greater restoration outcomes at half the cost of the prevailing restoration approach. In their recent paper investigating the Whole of Paddock Rehabilitation Scheme (WoPR), Dean Ansell (Australian Nation... read more

Is That Ecosystem Really Degraded, Or is it Just Different?

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Richard Hobbs School of Plant Biology University of Western Australia [email protected] One of the world’s leading restoration ecologists has questioned the way we use the term ‘degraded’. According to CEED Chief Investigator Professor Richard Hobbs this is far more than simple semantics. How we assess whether a system is degraded has major implications for whether res... read more

'Restore' is back! Now circulating the latest restoration news every month

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Some might remember our restoration news round up publication called 'Restore'. Well, we are happy to announce that we have restored Restore! This monthly newsletter will provide the latest news, resources, and research updates in restoration from around the world, delivered to you every month. Check out the March issue here. Not a member of SER but ... read more

Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Outcomes of Forest Restoration in The Bronx

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Brady Simmons NYC Parks NYC Urban Field Station 718.225.3061 x309 [email protected] Planting native trees can revive an ailing forest, but trees alone cannot fight the spread of invasive species. According to a study by the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks) and the USDA Forest Service, continued maintenance is also necessary to meet restoration goals. In a study ... read more

How Reliable Are Your Restoration Data?

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Martin Stapanian, Ph.D. U.S. Geological Survey Lake Erie Biological Station 6100 Columbus Avenue Sandusky, OH 44870 419-625-1976 [email protected] Rigorous quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) data in a restoration project are essential for evaluating the success of the project, and they provide the only objective legacy of the data set for potential legal challenges and future uses. Ho... read more

Does the Return of the Wolf Help Rewilding? Maybe Not

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Koen Arts Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group Wageningen University The Netherlands [email protected] Typically, species reintroductions and rewilding of natural areas are thought of as complementary ingredients of ecological restoration. However, recent work conducted at the University of Aberdeen and the James Hutton Institute finds that reintroduction of animals may sit at odds wi... read more