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Restoration Tips

Tip #13: More than just a tasty herb, cilantro can also be used as an inexpensive, sustainable alternative to purifying heavy metals out of drinking water.

Tip #12: Using dredged sediment material, wetlands can not only be enhanced and restored, they can also be created! Learn more about how river sediments can be used to strengthen wetland ecosystems.

Tip #11: Weed control as a rationale for restoration? Yep, controlling the weeds and invasive vegetation that thrive in disturbed landscapes is one of many good reasons to restore to a more diverse, late-successional plant community—just look at the example of Tallgrass Prairie.

Tip#10: Ectrokinetic soil remediation is an inexpensive method of using electricity to attract heavy metals and organic contaminants towards electrodes for easy removal—featured in this video.

Tip #9: Restoring native grasslands can be aided by reintroducing grazing and fire to these landscapes or by mechanically removing invading woody vegetation. See this guide for best management practices from the Manitoba Forage Council.

Tip #8: Many thousands of bacterial species can be found in just one gram of soil, and they collectively sculpt entire ecosystems. That reality is forcing scientists to rethink conventional restoration practices.

Tip #7: Almost 90 percent of plants rely on a symbiotic relationship with fungi, which improves nutrient availability and growth for both species. Inoculating soil and plants with mycorrhizal fungi during restoration can result in a faster return to ecological equilibrium.

Tip #6: Soil remediation using plants (see Phytoremediation Potential of Bioenergy Plants) can be an economical and sustainable way practice after every growing season, plus harvested biomass can be used for manufacturing textiles, plastics and bio-fuels.

Tip #5: Feeling the heat? Perhaps try reintroducing Indigenous burning methods along with contemporary techniques to restore certain landscapes and to ensure that destructive wildfires occur less often.

Tip #4: Have you ever heard of a trophic cascade? Learn how the reintroduction of wolves is within Yellowstone National Park has triggered a chain reaction of ecosystem regeneration.

Tip #3: When restoring vegetation, try not to create a monster plant! In attempts to restore coastal marshes near San Francisco decades ago, engineers unwittingly created vast invasive monocultures.

Tip #2: Using natural processes to restore disturbed sites decreases costs and utilizes pioneer species to pave the way to regeneration. Learn more in this report from SER-WC’s David Polster.

Tip #1: Want to get rid of Yellow Flag Iris? Add a benthic barrier after removing this invasive species, which will suppress regrowth. See our guest article from CSISS for more information.

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You can view past weekly tips by clicking on the links for each year below:

2018 Restoration Tips

2017 Restoration Tips

2016 Restoration Tips

2015 Restoration Tips