Donor-Soil Microbes can speed up restoration of degraded farmland

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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

Rating Restoration: New 5-Star Rating System to Serve as a Global Model

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World’s First National Standards for Ecological Restoration Published in Restoration Ecology Washington, DC. (July 18, 2016) – The world’s first national standards for ecological restoration were published in the journal Restoration Ecology last week. The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) Australasia Chapter led a three-year collaborative process in partnership with m... read more

Restoration Techniques Need to be Improved to Conserve Wildlife

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The relative influence of in situ and neighbourhood factors on reptile recolonization in post-mining restoration sites Maggie D. Triska*, Michael D. Craig, Vicki L. Stokes, Roger P. Pech and Richard J. Hobbs [email protected] Restoration is necessary to lessen the destruction caused by mining and other disturbances, but more effort is required to improve restoration quality over time for ... read more

Webinar: Biocrusts in Dryland Restoration

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Dr Matthew Bowker, Kristina Young, and Henry 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 share their progress and plans for restoring biocrusts using the following approach: 1) Develop optimal culturing techniques; 2) Maximize field survivorship; 3) Dev... 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

Restoration: What Does Success Look Like?

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A new approach to how we evaluate ecological restoration projects has been proposed by researchers from Cardiff and Umeå Universities. The escalating extinction crisis shows that nature cannot support the pressure that humanity is placing on the planet, but can we ever restore damaged habitats and how do we know if we have succeeded? This is the question explored in a paper published in... read more