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Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration: Five Case Studies from the United States (Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration)by Mary Doyle
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Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration presents case studies of five of the most noteworthy large-scale restoration projects in the United States: Chesapeake Bay, the Everglades, California Bay Delta, the Platte River Basin, and the Upper Mississippi River System. These projects embody current efforts to address ecosystem restoration in an integrative and dynamic manner, at large spatial scale, involving whole (or even multiple) watersheds, and with complex stakeholder and public roles.
Representing a variety of geographic regions and project structures, the cases shed light on the central controversies that have marked each project, outlining
the history of the project
the environmental challenges that generated it
the difficulties of approaching the project on an ecosystem-wide basis
techniques for conflict resolution and consensus building
the ongoing role of science in decision making
the means of dealing with uncertainties
A concluding chapter offers a guide to assessing the progress of largescale restoration projects.
Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration examines some of the most difficult and important issues involved in restoring and protecting natural systems. It is a landmark publication for scientists, policymakers, and anyone working to protect or restore landscapes or watersheds.
Book News Annotation:
Managing and preserving ecosystems has generally proceeded piecemeal, with environmentalists focusing on one species or area. Doyle (ecosystem science, University of Miami) and Drew (law, University of Miami) address the problem in all its complexity. They look at restoration of the environment in terms of five major watersheds in the United States: the Everglades, the Platte River, the California Bay- Delta, Chesapeake Bay and the Upper Missouri River. Each section begins with an overview of the challenges, and then experts discuss recent efforts to address them. They examine the problems in terms of balancing economic needs of farmers and water management with the goal of preserving the environment. This is a practical guide. The authors emphasize the need to adapt programs and new information becomes available, the Platte River being a case in point. They also take into account the need for cooperation among federal and state agencies and private organizations. The conflicts inherent in this are also addressed in a section on mediation. While the cost of cleaning and maintaining these watersheds may seem huge, Doyle notes that the entire budget could be covered by the money spent in a year to support the war in Iraq. This is a book that legislators, industrialists and all concerned citizens would profit from. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration examines some of the most difficult and important issues involved in restoring and protecting natural systems, and makes a unique and valuable contribution to the field of ecological restoration. It is a landmark publication for scientists, policymakers, and anyone working to protect or restore landscapes or watersheds.
About the Author
Mary Doyle is a professor and codirector of the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy at the University of Miami.
Cynthia A. Drew is an associate professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Watershed-Wide, Science-Based Approach to Ecosystem Restoration \ Mary Doyle
PART I. The Everglades
Chapter 1. The Challenges of Restoring the Everglades Ecosystem
Chapter 2. Everglades Ecology: The Impacts of Altered Hydrology
Chapter 3. Rivers of Plans for the River of Grass: The Political Economy of Everglades Restoration
PART II. The Platte River
Chapter 4. Negotiating for Endangered and Threatened Species Habitat in the Platte River Basin
Chapter 5. Platte River Basin Ecology: A Three-Dimensional Approach to Adaptive Management
Chapter 6. Navigating the Shoals: Costs and Benefits of Platte River Ecosystem Management
PART III. The California Bay-Delta
Chapter 7. California's Delta: The Challenges of Collaboration
Chapter 8. The Ecology of Bay-Delta Restoration: An Impossible Dream?
Chapter 9. Water Fights: The Economics of Allocating Scarce Water and Bay-Delta Restoration
PART IV. The Chesapeake Bay
Chapter 10. The Culture of Collaboration in the Chesapeake Bay Program
Chapter 11. An Ecological Perspective on Management of the Chesapeake Bay
Chapter 12. Murky Waters and Murky Policies: Costs and Benefits of Restoring Chesapeake Bay
PART V. The Upper Mississippi River
Chapter 13. The Upper Mississippi River and the Army Corps of Engineers' New Role: Will Congress Fund Ecosystem Restoration?
Chapter 14. Upper Mississippi Restoration Ecology: Putting Theory into Practice
Chapter 15. Comparing Apples and Oranges? Costs and Benefits of Upper Mississippi River System Restoration
Conclusion: Assessing Ecosystem Restoration Projects \ Mary Doyle
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