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Plant Reintroduction in a Changing Climate

Promises and Perils

Maschinski, Joyce, Haskins, Kristin E. (Eds.)

2012, XX, 402 p. 36 illus.


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  • The expertise and authority of the editors, contributors, and sponsoring organization (Center for Plant Conservation) is unsurpassed
  • Contributors to the volume represent a broad array of ecosystems from around the world, including tropical and temperate and arid regions from different continents
  • The urgency of preserving species before they are extirpated due to a variety of causes, including a changing climate, makes this volume extremely well-timed
  • The contribution of restoration ecologists and practitioners to the debate about managed relocation as an adaptation strategy in the context of climate change is urgently needed and will advance the discussion

Considered an essential conservation tool, plant reintroductions have been conducted for many of the world's rarest plant species. The expertise and knowledge gained through these efforts constitute an essential storehouse of information for conservationists faced with a rapidly changing global climate.

This volume presents a comprehensive review of reintroduction projects and practices, the circumstances of their successes or failures, lessons learned, and the potential role for reintroductions in preserving species threatened by climate change. Contributors examine current plant reintroduction practices, from selecting appropriate source material and recipient sites to assessing population demography.

The findings culminate in a set of Best Reintroduction Practice Guidelines, included in an appendix. These guidelines cover stages from planning and implementation to long-term monitoring, and offer not only recommended actions but also checklists of questions to consider that are applicable to projects around the world.

Traditional reintroduction practice can inform managed relocation-the deliberate movement of species outside their native range-which may be the only hope for some species to persist in a natural environment. Included in the book are discussions of the history, fears, and controversy regarding managed relocation, along with protocols for evaluating invasive risk and proposals for conducting managed relocation of rare plants.

Plant Reintroduction in a Changing Climate is a comprehensive and accessible reference for practitioners to use in planning and executing rare plant reintroductions.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Biodiversity - Climate change - Managed relocation - Plant ecology - Plants

Related subjects » Ecology - Global Change - Climate Change - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity

Table of contents 



Peter H. Raven


Chapter 1. Introduction

Joyce Maschinski and Kristin E. Haskins

PART I. Review of Plant Reintroductions

Chapter 2. Characterizing Two Decades of Rare Plant Reintroductions

Edward O. Guerrant Jr.

Chapter 3. A Meta-Analysis of Threatened Plant Reintroductions from across the Globe

Sarah E. Dalrymple, Esther Banks, Gavin B. Stewart, and Andrew S. Pullin

PART II. Reintroduction Science and Practice

Chapter 4. The Critical Role of the Public: Plant Conservation through Volunteer and Community Outreach Projects

Joyce Maschinski, Samuel J. Wright, and Caroline Lewis

Chapter 5. Genetic Considerations in Rare Plant Reintroduction: Practical Applications (or How Are We Doing?)

Jennifer Ramp Neale

Chapter 6. Transitioning Plants to New Environments: Beneficial Applications of Soil Microbes

Kristin E. Haskins and Valerie Pence

Chapter 7. Optimal Locations for Plant Reintroductions in a Changing World

Joyce Maschinski, Donald A. Falk, Samuel J. Wright, Jennifer Possley, Julissa Roncal, and Kristie S. Wendelberger

Chapter 8. Strategic Decisions in Conservation: Using Species Distribution Modeling to Match Ecological Requirements to Available Habitat

Crystal Krause and Deana Pennington

Chapter 9.

Tiffany M. Knight

Chapter 10. Influence of Founder Population Size, Propagule Stages, and Life History on the Survival of Reintroduced Plant Populations

Matthew A. Albrecht and Joyce Maschinski

Chapter 11. Determining Success Criteria for Reintroductions of Threatened Long-Lived Plants

Leonie Monks, David Coates, Timothy Bell, and Marlin Bowles

Chapter 12. Unique Reintroduction Considerations in Hawaii: Case Studies from a Decade of Rare Plant Restoration at the Oahu Army Natural Resource Rare Plant Program

H. Kapua Kawelo, Susan Ching Harbin, Stephanie M. Joe, Matthew J. Keir, and Lauren Weisenberger

PART III. Managed Relocation

Chapter 13. Managed Relocation: Panacea or Pandemonium?

Kristin E. Haskins and Brian G. Keel

Chapter 14. Is Managed Relocation of Rare Plants Another Pathway for Biological Invasions?

Sarah Reichard, Hong Liu, and Chad Husby

PART IV. Synthesis and Appendices

Chapter 15. Synthesis and Future Directions

Kathryn Kennedy, Matthew A. Albrecht, Edward O. Guerrant Jr., Sarah E. Dalrymple, Joyce Maschinski, and Kristin E. Haskins

Appendix 1: Center for Plant Conservation Best Reintroduction Practice Guidelines

Joyce Maschinski, Matthew A. Albrecht, Leonie Monks, and Kristin E. Haskins

Appendix 2: Studies Used for Meta-Analyses

Edward O. Guerrant Jr., Matthew A. Albrecht, and Sarah E. Dalrymple<


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