US Fish and Wildlife: Restoration Returns

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A new peer-reviewed analysis finds that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife habitat restoration programs are extraordinary engines for the U.S. economy. The report, Restoration Returns: The Contribution of Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and Coastal Program Projects to Local U.S. Economies, finds that, in working directly with partners to implement vital on- the- ground habitat restoration, these... read more

Korea launches forest initiative to help countries achieve global biodiversity goals

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To assist countries in achieving the globally-agreed Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the Korea Forest Service launched the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI) on 14 October 2014, in the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), being held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, from 6 to 17 October ... read more

China's polluted Hebei sets ecological restoration goals

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Hebei, north China's worst-polluted province, has set a string of ecological restoration goals for rivers, lakes, mines, forests and underground water. The province, which surrounds Beijing and Tianjin, will plant 530,000 hectares of forest by 2017 and raise forest coverage from 28 percent last year to 32 percent, according to a recently unveiled official plan. Published October 5, 2014 C... read more

Montana: Buffalo Restoration Treaty Signed by Tribes, First Nations

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Native groups from the United States and Canada signed a treaty to establish intertribal alliances to restore the American buffalo on Tribal and First Nations Reserves or co-managed lands in both countries. The Northern Tribes Buffalo Treaty was signed in Blackfeet territory in Browning, Montana. The event brought together members of the Blackfeet Nation, Blood Tribe, Siksika Nation, Piikani N... read more

India: When Land Restoration Works Hand in Hand with Poverty Eradication

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Tugging at the root of a thorny shrub known as ‘juliflora’, which now dots the village of Chirmiyala in the Medak District of southern India’s Telangana state, a 28-year-old farmer named Ailamma Arutta tells IPS, “This is a curse that destroyed my land.” The deciduous shrub, whose scientific name is prosopis juliflora and belongs to the mesquite family, is no... read more

Arizona: Tumamoc Hill, birthplace of restoration ecology

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Early in the morning, walkers huff up a steep road on Tumamoc Hill in Tucson, passing tall saguaro cacti. In season, beside white saguaro flowers, white-winged doves hoot like owls. Among rocks, javelinas root for food, bobcats hunt. Tumamoc has long been a gathering place. The first human culture there was the Cienega, dating to about 2,500 years ago, and others followed, leaving rock art, pot... read more

NEW SER Book: Tidal Marsh Restoration- A Synthesis of Science and Practice

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Tidal Marsh Restoration by Charles T. Roman and David M. Burdick is the latest title in the SER-Island Press book series The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration. The book provides the scientific foundation and practical guidance necessary for coastal zone stewards to initiate salt marsh tidal restoration programs. Compiling a synthesizes and interpretation of the current state of kno... read more

Ramsar Briefing Note: The Benefits of Wetland Restoration

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This Briefing Note, entitled The Benefits of Wetland Restoration, is now available on Ramsar’s website. It provides brief wetland restoration case studies and explains linkages with other Ramsar and international environmental agreement policies. For more information, Click here read more

Europe: Mapping to inform conservation and habitat restoration

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The latest issue of Science for Environment Policy has highlighted a paper by CEH scientists Dr. Danny Hooftman and Prof James Bullock, "Mapping to Inform Conservation: A case study of changes in semi-natural habitats and their connectivity over 70 years". Their findings have particular relevance as an important first step for those engaged in habitat restoration work at landscape and regional ... read more

California Tahoe Conservancy: Restoring Conservancy Lands Following the Angora Fire- A Preliminary Assessment

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The California Tahoe Conservancy has just released a report on the outcomes of active restoration of 40 acres of Conservancy lands where all trees were killed by the 2007 Angora fire in South Lake Tahoe. That fire burned 3,100 forested acres. Post-fire Conservancy goals were to re-establish a native forest, reduce hazards posed by dead trees, and avoid water quality impacts. The report's author... read more