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A Guide for Desert and Dryland Restoration: New Hope for Arid Lands (Science Practice Ecological Restoration)

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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.

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Bainbridge, an earth scientist and ecologist who teaches sustainable management at Alliant U., details strategies and techniques for desert restoration for those working in arid lands, such as restoration practitioners, land managers, farmers, ranchers, educators, gardeners, landscapers, homeowners, and foresters. His research was mostly done in the deserts of the US southwest, but the strategies can be applied to deserts and drylands around the world. After introducing the ecology of desert plants in southwestern North America, he explores the causes of desertification and land abuse, and outlines the processes and procedures needed to evaluate sites and plan, implement, and monitor desert restoration projects. These include soil salvage and restoration; seed collection, storage, and management; container plant production and planting; direct seeding, water management and irrigation; riparian restoration; and monitoring. B&w photos and illustrations are incorporated. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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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.

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About the Author

David Bainbridge was trained as an earth scientist and ecologist. His special interest is sustainable management of dry lands.

Table of Contents

A User's Guide

Preface

Acknowledgements

 

Chapter 1. Desertification: Crisis and Opportunity

Chapter 2. Understanding the Ecology of Arid Lands

Chapter 3. The Economics and Psychology of Desertification

Chapter 4. Why the Desert Can't Heal Itself—Understanding Disturbance

Chapter 5. Restoration Approaches and Planning

Chapter 6. Restoration Equipment and Supplies

Chapter 7. Project Management 

Chapter 8. Soil Salvage and Restoration

Chapter 9. Seed Collection, Storage and Management

Chapter 10. Container Production and Planting

Chapter 11. Direct Seeding

Chapter 12. Water Management and Irrigation

Chapter 13. Riparian Restoration

Chapter 14. Restoration in Use

Chapter 15. Restoration Monitoring

Chapter 16. The Challenge Ahead

 

Appendix

Glossary

References

About the Author

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559639699
Author:
Bainbridge, David A.
Publisher:
Island Press
Author:
Bainbridge, David
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Deserts
Subject:
Restoration ecology
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Hydrology
Subject:
Agriculture - General
Subject:
SCI081000
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems
Subject:
Ecosystems & Habitats - Deserts
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration Series
Publication Date:
20060631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
10 x 8 in

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