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Restoring the Pacific Northwest: The Art and Science of Ecological Restoration in Cascadia
edited by Dean Apostol and Marcia Sinclair
foreword by Eric Higgs
Island Press, 2006
Cloth: 978-1-55963-077-1 | Paper: 978-1-55963-078-8 | eISBN: 978-1-61091-103-0

The Pacific Northwest is a global ecological "hotspot" because of its relatively healthy native ecosystems, a high degree of biodiversity, and the number and scope of restoration initiatives that have been undertaken there. Restoring the Pacific Northwest gathers and presents the best examples of state-of-the-art restoration techniques and projects. It is an encyclopedic overview that will be an invaluable reference not just for restorationists and students working in the Pacific Northwest, but for practitioners across North America and around the world.

Dean Apostol is a landscape architect, natural resource planner, writer, and teacher who lives and works on a small farm near Portland, Oregon.

Marcia Sinclair, writer, editor, and consultant, is outreach specialist for the Willamette Partnership. She lives near Portland, Oregon.

"This work summarizes scientific research and presents case studies of applications of ecological restoration in the Pacific Northwest, composed for the purposes of this work of all of the watersheds that flow to the Pacific Ocean through North America's temperate rainforest zone."
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"This courageous and ambitious work makes us recognize that restoration should no longer be seen as many small, piecemeal attempts at site restoration, but as a massive and coordinated movement to revive and strengthen the networks of natural capital and landscape that sustain our cultures, communities, and economies. The multiple authors are to be commended for pulling together in one place such a comprehensive, deep, and ultimately practical guide to what can and should be done to restore a whole region."
— Stephen R. J. Sheppard, Director of Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

"Interest in environmental restoration has exploded in the Pacific Northwest in the last decade. Legions of volunteers and professionals, biologists and planners have been getting their hands dirty, combining science with practice to learn what really works. Restoring the Pacific Northwest is the inspirational, practical, essential reference we all have been waiting for."
— Sara Vickerman, senior director of biodiversity partnerships, Defenders of Wildlife

"Showcasing nine seminal habitat types and illustrating six distinct restoration approaches through more than three dozen case studies, Dean Apostol and Marcia Sinclair have assembled a tour de force, state-of-ecosystem-restoration practice in the Pacific Northwest. All who care about the world our grandchildren inherit owe the authors a heartfelt thanks."
— David W. Hulse, Philip H. Knight Professor in Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon

    PART I. The Big Picture
    -Northwest Environmental Geography and History
    -Ecological Restoration
    PART II. Pacific Northwest Ecosystems
    -Bunchgrass Prairies
    -Oak Woodlands and Savannas
    -Old-Growth Conifer Forests
    -Riparian Woodlands
    -Freshwater Wetlands
    -Tidal Wetlands
    -Ponderosa Pine and Interior Forests
    -Shrub Steppe
    PART III. Crossing Boundaries
    -Urban Natural Areas
    -Stream Systems
    -Landscape and Watershed Scale
    -Restoring Wildlife Populations
    -Managing Northwest Invasive Vegetation
    -Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Restoration Practice
    Conclusion: The Status and Future of Restoration in the Pacific Northwest

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