Built on a strong foundation in restoration ecology, this unique handbook provides practitioners, academics, and managers with vital tools needed to plan for ecosystem conservation, to restore degraded ecosystems, to make cost-effective restoration decisions, and to understand important legal issues. Rehabilitation of Damaged Ecosystems, Second Edition boasts three completely new chapters and five major chapter revisions. Coastal wetlands restoration, watershed rehabilitation and management, mined land reclamation, revegetation of disturbed ecosystems, and river and stream restoration are only a few of the critical topics explored in this timely reference handbook.
This Second Edition provides valuable, reliable data as well as practical methods and techniques for the ongoing fight to protect natural resources and restore damaged ecosystems.
Table of Contents
1. Restoration Ecology: Protecting Our National and Global Life Support Systems 2. Decision Analysis: An Integrated Approach to Ecosystem Exploitation and Rehabilitation Decisions 3. Making Watershed Restoration Happen: What Does Economics Offer? 4. Principles and Guidelines for Restoration of River/Floodplain Ecosystems — Kissimmee River, Florida 5. Salt Marsh Restoration: Lessons from California 6. Mitigation Banks: A Strategy for Sustainable Ecosystem Function 7. Restoration and Management of Ecosystems for Nature Conservation in Germany 8. Alternative Endpoints for Reclamation 9. Improving Coal Surface Mine Reclamation in the Central Appalachian Region 10. Nuclear Winter: Is Rehabilitation Possible? 11. River and Stream Restoration 12. Political and Social Factors in the Patuxent River Cleanup Agreement 13. Re-Creation of Ecosystems at Mount St. Helens: Contrasts in Artificial and Natural Approaches 14. Insect Pests and Plant Stress as Considerations for Revegetation of Disturbed Ecosystems 15. Variation in Undisturbed Plant and Animal Populations and Its Implications for Studies of Recovering Ecosystems 16. Restoration Ecology: A Synthetic Approach to Ecological Research 17. Abandoned Mines in Illinois and North Dakota: Toward an Understanding of Revegetation Problems