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Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land (The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration Series) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1597265720 ISBN-10: 1597265721 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration Series
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 1 edition (April 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597265721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597265720
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #874,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Infused with land ethic and solid ecology, this volume spells out a compelling process for restoration, from initial concept to planning, implementation, and long-term management. Everyone interested in the practice of restoration, professionals included, will appreciate the holistic vision of restoration and its societal role espoused in this book-length essay.”
(John Shuey Director of Conservation Science, Indiana Office of The Nature Conservancy)

Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land provides critical insights into the real work of healing ecological functions of degraded landscapes. The authors are visionary practitioners who have amassed a wealth of hands-on experiences validated by long-term ecological monitoring. This book will assist private land owners, public land managers, and land conservancy stewards to design and execute restoration activities yielding ecologically significant results.”
(Peter R. Stein Managing Director, The Lyme Timber Company)

“This down-to-earth book gives land owners the confidence and courage to initiate their own ecological restoration programs. The reader should be warned that Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land could easily inspire you to embark on a lifelong, learn-as-you-go adventure on your own land that’s guaranteed to keep your brow sweaty, your knuckles dirty, and your spirit soaring.”
(Andre Clewell President Emeritus, Society for Ecological Restoration International)

"Ecological recovery are what many places need to recover their natural beauty. Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land is a guide to restoring ecological areas where urbanization has caused environmental decay. With chapters discussing many types of areas from plains to forests, and step by step plans to tracking progress, Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land proves to be a powerful reference and guide, highly recommended to any in charge of overseeing such projects for its comprehensive collection of tips and advice."
(Midwest Book Review)

“Landscape architects, who increasingly get a significant percentage of business from restoration, will find this thorough, replicable process valuable, whatever their experience level. Professionals will benefit from the authors' insistence on monitoring measurable results: Too many of our ecological and sustainable projects never receive this validation, even from LEED and its offspring.”
(Landscape Architecture)

"Steven Apfelbaum and Alan Haney are both seasoned restoration practitioners from Wisconsin, a heartland of North American restoration practice and science. They write about restoring land on small, private holdings. The authors provide step-by-step guidance on executing and monitoring the restoration of grasslands, forests, wetlands, riparian areas, and even desert areas. It is a well-written, well-produced, and authoritative book, which I recommend wholeheartedly for readers with no appetite to tackle the specialized literature, but who have restoration projects in mind, at heart, or underway, especially on their own land."
(Conservation Biology)

"Overall, I would think that this book is a useful primer for undergraduates studying ecological restoration or restoration ecology. The first part is generic and could be used anywhere in the world; the latter half is heavily focused on North America. It is very well written, and it is clear that the authors have lived and breathed the subject. Anyone involved in teaching this subject should have a copy for inspiration and ideas."
(Biological Conservation)

"A useful volume, modesty priced by a non-profit making publisher."
(Bulletin of the British Ecological Society)

"...the wealth of information in this workbook makes it a valuable resource even for experienced restoration ecologists."
(Ecological Management & Restoration)

“This manual celebrates human connectedness to the natural world. By putting the sciences and the arts together to restore land and bring it back to health, Steve and Alan guide us to manage the land and then to understand and love the land.”
(Nina Leopold Bradley)

About the Author

Steven I. Apfelbaum is chairman of Applied Ecological Services Inc., a company he founded in 1975. He has worked on design, construction, management, monitoring, and research of ecosystems and has taught ecosystem restoration to land trusts, conservation organizations, and families interested in restoring their property.

 

Alan Haney is a forest ecologist and emeritus professor of forestry and former dean of the College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. His research and teaching focus on ecosystem structure and function, including restoration ecology.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By soilcarbon on April 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Review of "Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land" and the workbook that goes with "The Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land Workbook" by Dr. John Kimble, Research Soil Scientist.
As the world goes into possible climate change and the land will be changed in a negative manner, mostly making it worse for housing, shopping centers, business etc., we keep losing a valuable ecosystem. These inevitable changes will lead to increased erosion, sedimentation in water bodies and increased flooding. The large scale development in the United States, and for that manner all over the world, has mostly ignored the health of the ecosystems and from my perspective the soils. Soils are the basis of our agriculture; they are where we plant gardens and lawns, grow crops, and pasture livestock. They are what made the US great as we have some of the best soils in the world. But they have been treated like "DIRT" without considering how this would affect the overall ecosystem. We exploited the soil organic carbon(SOC) and in much of the US over 50% of the SOC has been lost. Farming and development practices in the past did not consider the ecological problems that were created. The authors of the book and work book are ecologists and in an easily understood fashion point out the problems and provide ideas to improve the ecological health of our land. Steve Apfelbaum is an excellent and well known Ecologist with a good understanding of soils. He and co-workers have designed ecological friendly housing and worked on watershed improvements. They have taken this knowledge and put that into a format that can be used by home owners or anyone in the general population who is interested in improving the land.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 12, 2010
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Ecological recovery are what many places need to recover their natural beauty. "Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land" is a guide to restoring ecological areas where urbanization has caused environmental decay. With chapters discussing many types of areas from plains to forests, and step by step plans to tracking progress, "Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land" proves to be a powerful reference and guide, highly recommended to any in charge of overseeing such projects for its comprehensive collection of tips and advice.
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