Lessons in how to restore a wetland ecosystem

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Boris Barov:

Restoration, unlike landscaping, should rely on natural processes to take the lead as soon as possible, after the initial interventions are completed. The restoration of geophysical and hydrologic conditions should be our first goal, followed by controlling invasions and trials of biotic interventions.

Originally posted on The Applied Ecologist's blog:

In this post David Moreno Mateos discusses his paper ‘Ecosystem response to interventions: lessons from restored and created wetland ecosystems

After over 30 years and billions of dollars (and euros, pounds, and yuans) of restoring wetlands globally, and especially in the USA, the time has come to evaluate the results, and particularly to find out how wetlands are responding to our efforts. The results found in this paper show that once the hydrology is restored the effect of revegetating is unclear, and in some instances is even negative.

What this could mean is that wetlands need us to restore them in the best possible way with our present knowledge of their hydrological dynamics, that is, their connection with the water-table, the tides, or the stream flow, or the basin that allows the water to stay for longer or shorter periods. But beyond that, it seems that wetlands will…

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Global Restoration Network: Database for Eco-restoration Information

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The Global Restoration Network (GRN) is a project of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) that provides a database and web-based portal to trustworthy and hard-to-find information on all aspects of restoration, from historic ecosystems and causes of degradation to in-depth case studies and proven restoration methods and techniques. The overriding mission of the GRN is to link research, projects, and practitioners in order to foster an innovative exchange of experience, vision, and expertise.

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Soil restoration techniques at post mining sites

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reclamation signLast post of the series dedicated to soils of post mining sites. What are the most commonly used techniques for soil restoration at post mining sites and how do they work? Soils are a valuable resource and their protection in the course of mining and storage is extremely important to avoid irreversible damage. Soil management and replacement with exogenous soil is also very expensive. That is why the first priority should be to conserve the existing soil in the best possible condition.

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