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Transcript of Restoration Ecology
Ecological Restoration is different from the 3 Rs:
Restoration Ecology is CHALLENGING!
Central Concerns of Restoration Ecology
applying the principles of ecology to the practice of restoration
The 3 R's are NOT Restoration
Reestablish the function, components, structure and complexity of the site
Relies on cooperative intervention (ecosystem mgt. approach)
Creates a self sustaining, persistent system
Mangroves recolonized the area naturally following restoration of the hydrology (1981-1996)
Success depends upon:
Crissy Field: SF's premier restoration project
"A 2012 study in PLOS Biology looked at 621 wetland projects and found most had failed to deliver promised results, or match the performance of natural systems, even decades after completion."