Why Degraded Reefs could be the Future of Ocean Conservation

Posted by Rebecca Heisman

When you think of a nature preserve, chances are you picture a tract of pristine, healthy wilderness, set aside in order to protect a functioning ecosystem. But what if not much remains of the ecosystem you want to protect? A new proposal by an international group of scientists and conservationists is challenging traditional ideas about what’s worth saving when it comes to coral reefs. I... read more

Donor-Soil Microbes can speed up restoration of degraded farmland

Posted by Tracy Vence

Donor-soil microbes drive—and can speed up—the restoration of degraded farmland, scientists at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology in Wageningen have shown. The results of a six-year field test, published today (July 11) in Nature Plants, show the greatest ecosystem repair in formerly arable fields in which the team removed a thick layer of existing topsoil before applying a thin l... read more

Upcoming Webinar: Biocrusts in Dryland Restoration

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Anita Antoninka, Kristina E. Young, and Henry S. Grover of the Forest-Rangeland Soil Ecology Lab of Northern Arizona University are working towards incorporating biological soil crusts into the restoration picture. In this webinar, they will share their progress and plans for restoring biocrusts using the following approach: 1) Develop optimal culturing techniques; 2) Maximize field survivorshi... read more

Webinar: Dune Conservation along Lake Michigan: Lessons from Geomorphology, Ecology, and the European Experience

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Dr. Ed Hansen and Suzanne DeVries-Zimmerman present on dune ecology and management in this webinar, hosted by the Society for Ecological Restoration and SER Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter. Dr. Hansen is a professor of Geology at Hope College where his work has focused on dune history and how physical processes affect the dune formation, growth and migration. Recently he has begun collaboration wit... read more

A Guide for Incorporating Ecosystem Service Valuation into Coastal Restoration Projects

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This guidebook provides a framework for incorporating ecosystem service valuations at the beginning, rather than at the end, of coastal habitat restoration and creation projects. Applying ecosystem service valuation to coastal restoration projects has multiple advantages, including greater stakeholder support and greater likelihood of project success. Measuring the value of the ecosystem servic... read more

Researchers release 'ultimate guide' to coastal habitat rejuvenation

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Researchers have distilled 40 years of coastal marine restoration studies into a set of powerful guidelines for anyone hoping to rejuvenate coastal habitats. University of Queensland Global Change Institute postdoctoral research fellow Dr Elisa Bayraktarov said the new review was backed by 40 years of research, and could help stakeholders and decision-makers improve their conservation planning... read more

Great Barrier Reef water quality improved by wetlands restoration, scientist says

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13 June, 2016 Queensland, Australia - Restoring Queensland's tens of thousands of coastal wetlands, known as nature's kidneys, could be crucial to the Great Barrier Reef's future, a James Cook University scientist believes. Freshwater ecology expert Dr Nathan Waltham is urging state and federal governments to look to the 13,000 coastal wetlands in Great Barrier Reef catchments to help im... read more

Use environmental impact 'bank' to fund coast restoration, congressman says

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27 May 2016 Louisiana, USA - Why not allow industries, governmental agencies and individuals to pay money into an "environmental impact bank" to offset the effects of construction projects on wetlands, wildlife, and even the effects of oil spills, with the bank using the money to fund major federal and state restoration projects? That's the idea U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-B.R., has succee... 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