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1 Lecture 39: Restoration Ecology 1. What is restoration ecology? 2. What do restoration ecologists do? 3. Why is restoration common? 4. The challenges Definition • Restoration ecology – rebuilding damaged habitats to _____________________. • Major agencies Federal : Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service. Private: the Nature Conservancy, consulting firms. Restoration ecologists typically: • 1. Work in damaged habitats, not in “pristine” areas. • 2. Set explicit goals for given project. • 3. Use _______________________. Different styles of landscaping – Tucson, Arizona Neighborhood with native landscaping Why is restoration important? 3. Extreme level of habitat loss in many areas. • In Indiana, _______ of all tallgrass prairie is gone, 95% of black oak savanna is gone. • Conservation of these areas requires restoration. Example: Florida everglades • Largest restoration project in the United States. • System of interconnected fresh water ecosystems.
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2 Everglades water flow Wading birds • Area famous for breeding herons, storks, etc. • By late 20 th Century, many birds had abandoned the Everglades – sign of something wrong. First step: Kissimmee River
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