Argentina’s Ecological Restoration Network Highlighted in Restoration Ecology

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By Gustavo Zuleta The article analyzes the history of the “Red de Restauración Ecológica de Argentina” (REA), founded in September 2012 and organized into seven subnational nodes where major projects are underway (Figure 1). In 2013, Argentina became a founding member of SIACRE. In April 2014, the 2nd National REA Symposium was held to determine priority areas f... read more

Defining and Evaluating the Ecological Restoration Economy

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By Todd BenDor, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill For decades, industry groups and many media outlets have popularized the notion that environmental protection is bad for business. Drawing particular scrutiny have been regulations or public programs that require ecosystem restoration, which is often required to offset some of the environmental impacts of certai... read more

The socioecological complexity of ecological restoration in Mexico

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By Cristina Martínez-Garza1 and James Aronson2.3 This opinion article reviews the social and ecological complexity facing those engaged in ecological restoration activities in Mexico – one of 17 megadiverse countries recognized by Conservation International. This complexity is mainly due to intricate historical conflicts with land tenure, past restorative actions based on r... read more

SER-Ontario Scholarship Application Period Open

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The SER-Ontario 2016 scholarship application is open. Applications are due January 18, 2016. This scholarship is valued at $2,000 and is non-renewable. REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS The SER Ontario Scholarships are available to either Canadian citizens or landed immigrants attending a college or university in Ontario. Students may apply during any year of their academic program, but m... read more

Planting In Clumps Boosts Wetland Restoration Success

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2 November 2015 Durham, NC, USA - When restoring coastal wetlands, it’s long been common practice to leave space between new plants to prevent overcrowding and reduce competition for nutrients and sunlight. It turns out, that’s likely all wrong.  A new Duke University-led study, conducted to restore degraded salt marshes in Florida and the Netherlands, has found that clu... read more

USDA to invest $30 million to help protect wetlands in six states

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15 October 2015 Des Moines, Iowa, USA – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will award $30 million to projects in six states to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands. The projects are being funded under the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP), a program authorized by the 2014 Farm Bil... read more

Restoring MD’s streams to health: Does triage make sense?

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9 November 2015 Maryland, USA - I volunteered to staff the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ exhibit building at the state fair on Aug. 30, something I’ve done many times before I retired from my job at the DNR. Talking with people about “critters” and answering questions about what DNR employees do is enjoyable and educational. Watching children and adults peer... read more

Green thumbs: Restoration ecologist sees hope in New Mexico’s plant biodiversity

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9 November 2015 New Mexico, USA - With all the talk about global warming these days it is rare to hear “promising future” and “native plants and pollinators” in the same sentence. But restoration ecologist Melanie Gisler makes a career out of the hopeful act of researching and restoring native plants. She directs the Southwest Program of the Oregon-based Institute f... read more

A bird’s-eye view of forest restoration

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26th October 2015 Costa Rica - Rakan Zahawi had a problem. Zahawi, a scientist with the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica, had teamed up with a group from the University of Maryland and the University of California-Santa Cruz to test a new technique to monitor the recovery of tropical forests. They were planning to fly unmanned aerial vehicles, a.k.a. drones, over a hand... read more

Rwanda Restores Ecosystems, Generating Record Tourism and New Opportunities

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October 20, 2015 - Rwanda has undergone a remarkable economic and social reconstruction in recent years and recorded consistent growth rates of 8 per cent a year between 2001 and 2012, according to the BBC's Country Profile....click here to read the full story from CPAfrica. read more