Wildlife Habitat Restoration: Chapter 12

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Edited by: Michael L. Morrison and Heather A. Mathewson



As the preceding chapters point out, many wildlife species and the habitat they depend on are in peril. However, opportunities exist to restore habitat for many imperiled wildlife species. But what is wildlife habitat restoration? We begin this chapter by defining habitat restoration and then provide recommendations on how to maximize success of future habitat restoration efforts for wildlife. Finally, we evaluate whether we have been successful in restoring wildlife habitat and supply recommendations to advance habitat restoration. Successful restoration requires clear and explicit goals that are based on our best understanding of what the habitat was like prior to the disturbing event. Ideally, a restoration project would include: (1) a summary of prerestoration conditions that define the existing status of wildlife populations and their habitat; (2) a description of habitat features required by the focal or indicator species for persistence; (3) an a priori description of measurable, quantitative metrics that define restoration goals and measures of success; (4) a monitoring plan; (5) postrestoration comparisons of habitat features and wildlife populations with adjacent unmodified areas that are similar to the restoration site; and (6) expert review of the entire restoration plan (i.e., the five aforementioned components).

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Wildlife Habitat Restoration: Chapter 12
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher location Baltimore, MD
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Seattle
Description 11 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Wildlife habitat conservation : concepts, challenges, and solutions
First page 157
Last page 167
Country United States
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