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A Guide for Desert and Dryland Restoration: New Hope for Arid Lands

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Dryland degradation and desertification now affect almost a billion people around the world. Tragically, the biological resources and productivity of millions of acres of land are lost to desertification each year because people remain unaware of strategies and techniques that could improve yields, reduce risk, and begin healing the world's deserts. A Guide for Desert and Dryland Restoration is the first book to offer practical, field-tested solutions to this critical problem.Author David Bainbridge has spent more than 25 years actively involved in restoring lands across the American Southwest. A Guide for Desert and Dryland Restoration presents the results of his years of fieldwork, as well as research and experience from scientists and practitioners around the globe.The book discusses the ecology of desert plants, explores the causes of desertification and land abuse, and outlines the processes and procedures needed to evaluate, plan, implement, and monitor desert restoration projects. It sets forth economical and practical field-tested solutions for understanding site characteristics, selecting and growing plants, and ensuring that they survive with a minimal amount of water and care. Each chapter represents a guide to a critical topic for environmental restoration; extensive photographs, diagrams and drawings give detailed information for immediate application, and additional resources are included in appendixes.A Guide for Desert and Dryland Restoration is the first comprehensive book focused on restoring arid regions, and clearly demonstrates that arid lands can be successfully rehabilitated. In addition to restorationists, the book will be an invaluable resource for anyone working in arid lands, including farmers, ranchers, gardeners, landscapers, outdoor recreation professionals, and activists.

Table of Contents

Desertification : crisis and opportunity — Understanding the ecology of Arid Lands — The economics and psychology of desertification — Why the desert can't heal itself : understanding disturbance — Restoration approaches and planning — Restoration equipment and supplies — Project management — Soil salvage and restoration — Seed collection, storage, and management — Container plant production and planting — Direct seeding — Water management and irrigation — Riparian restoration — Restoration in use — Restoration monitoring — The challenge ahead — Appendix 1 : Plant sampling background and methods — Appendix 2 : Stay healthy.

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ISBN:
9781610910828
Subtitle:
New Hope for Arid Lands
Publisher:
Island Press
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Publication Date:
20070611
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
391

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History and Social Science » Geography » Water and Hydrology
Science and Mathematics » Biology » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General

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