Steele: Land restoration valued objective

Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land shows readers how to restore an ecosystem to its natural state.

‘Restoration is a necessity, not a luxury, if we want to have a supply of food and clean drinking water and an Earth rich with biodiversity. Nature needs our help. The Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land series provides a clear, step-by-step process to develop and implement effective restoration plans for a project of any scale.’

—Steven I. Abfelbaum

In their Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land book series, authors Steven I. Abfelbaum and Dr. Alan Haney educate readers on the considerable benefits of land restoration and show them how to restore an ecosystem to its natural state.

The first book, Restoring Ecological Health To Your Land, introduces the process and importance of ecological restoration using specific examples from the authors’ experience.

The first chapters offer 10 steps to improving land health for any property. The final chapters apply the process to restoration projects of specific ecosystems including grasslands, forests, wetlands, streams and deserts.

The series follow-up, Restoring Ecological Health To Your Land Workbook, expands on the first book, with a chapter dedicated to each of the 10  restoration steps, focusing on what can be done and how to do it.

Readers are shown how to examine the natural features of a property, develop restoration plans, estimate project costs, determine necessary equipment, procure materials, etc.

It even suggests ways of record keeping, review and sharing of experiences which are always part of the process when grant money is used for a project.

Both books are appropriate for people of all walks of life and all levels of experience—from land owners to patio gardeners to land trust stewards and agency personnel responsible for restoring lands in their care.

The authors break down each concept for readers with minimal ecological training, while at the same time offering suggestions that even those with considerable experience will value.

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I will be doing the last free garden tour of the unH2O Garden (in front of the H2O Aquatic Centre, 4075 Gordon Dr.) on Sunday, Oct. 28, 1 p.m. We’ll look at what is still blooming and I’ll give more fall clean-up tips.

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