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Restoring Disturbed Landscapes

Putting Principles into Practice

Tongway, David J., Ludwig, John

2011, XXII, 192p. 24 illus. in color.


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  • The authors have strong and widely recognized expertise in the area of scientific landscape evaluation and restoration/rehabilitation
  • The book offers practical, easy-to-understand guidance to people involved in restoration and aims to bridge the gap between “recipe” driven procedures and engineering level assessments
  • It will help readers develop the capacity to objectively evaluate a problem, so that the solution naturally flows out of the analysis

Restoring Disturbed Landscapes is a hands-on guide for individuals and groups seeking to improve the functional capacity of landscapes. The book presents a five-step, adaptive procedure for restoring landscapes that is supported by proven principles and concepts of ecological science.

Written by restoration experts with a wealth of experience teaching restoration principles and techniques to practitioners and would-be practitioners from a variety of backgrounds, the book offers:

  • an outline of a science-based, ecologically sound approach to restoration
  • discussion of the conceptual framework and rigorous principles that underlie the approach
  • case studies of two types of restoration projects (restoring mined landscapes and restoring damaged rangelands) that illustrate how the approach, framework, and four key principles for restoring landscapes have been implemented
  • a variety of scenarios that represent typical restoration problems and how those problems can be handled
  • indicators for monitoring and how landscape function can be tracked and analyzed as part of a comprehensive monitoring program.
Abundantly illustrated with photos and figures that clearly explain concepts outlined in the book, Restoring Disturbed Landscapes is an engaging and accessible work designed specifically for restoration practitioners with limited training or experience in the field. It tells restorationists where to start, what information they need to acquire, and how to apply this information to their specific situations.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » (Dys)functional landscape - (Landscape) restoration - Disturbed landscape - Landscape function analysis - Restoration practitioner

Related subjects » Ecology - Environmental Management - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity

Table of contents 

Foreword by James Aronson



PART I: A Function-Based Approach to Restoring Disturbed Landscapes

Chapter 1. Our Approach to Restoring Disturbed Landscapes: Five-Step Adaptive Procedure

Chapter 2. A Framework for How Landscapes Function

Chapter 3. Principles for Restoring Landscape Functionality

PART II: Case Studies on Restoring Landscapes: Mine Sites and Rangelands

Chapter 4. Restoring Mined Landscapes

Chapter 5. Restoring Damaged Rangelands

PART III: Scenarios for Restoring Landscapes: Mine Sites, Rangelands, Farmlands, and Roadsides

Chapter 6. Restoration of Mine-Site Waste-Rock Dumps

Chapter 7. Restoration of Mine-Site Tailings Storage Facilities

Chapter 8. Restoring Landscapes after Open-Cut Coal Mining

Chapter 9. Restoring Rangelands with an Overabundance of Shrubs

Chapter 10. Renewing Pastureland Functions Using Tree Belts

Chapter 11. Restoration of Former Farmlands near Urban Developments

Chapter 12. Restoring Verges after Road Construction

PART IV: Monitoring Indicators

Chapter 13. Landscape Function Analysis: An Overview and Landscape Organization Indicators

Chapter 14. Landscape Function Analysis: Soil-Surface Indicators

Chapter 15. Ephemeral Drainage-Line Assessments: Indicators of Stability

Chapter 16. Vegetation Assessments: Structure and Habitat Complexity Indicators

Chapter 17. Reflections on Restoring Landscapes: A Function-Based Adaptive Approach



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