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Restoring Disturbed Landscapes Putting Principles into Practice by David J. Tongway, John A. Ludwig

Restoring Disturbed Landscapes Putting Principles into Practice


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Restoring Disturbed Landscapes Putting Principles into Practice by David J. Tongway, John A. Ludwig

Restoring Disturbed Landscapes is a hands-on guide for individuals and groups seeking to improve the functional capacity of landscapes. Abundantly illustrated with photos and figures, Restoring Disturbed Landscapes is an engaging and accessible work designed specifically for restoration practitioners with limited training or experience in the field. It uses a five-step adaptive procedure to tell restorationists where to start, what information they need to acquire, and how to apply this information to their specific situations. Cosponsored by the Society for Ecological Restoration International and Island Press, this series offers a foundation of practical knowledge and scientific insight that will help ecological restoration become the powerful reparative and healing tool that the world needs.


Many countries, including Australia, suffer the loss of billions of dollars from land degradation every year from problems of the kind Tongway and Ludwig address in Restoring Disturbed Landscapes. This wonderful book will trigger a revolution in land-use strategies and should be in the hands and minds of everyone, from graziers to academics, who wants a secure future for our world. --Michael Archer Professor, University of New South Wales, Australia

This is an excellent guide on how to restore degraded landscapes. Tongway and Ludwig have brought together their insights from three decades of research on landscape function. They are uniquely qualified to provide this readable account of the determinants of functional versus dysfunctional landscapes, and their five-step procedure for how to restore the latter has an impressive record. --Brian Walker research fellow, CSIRO Australia and The Stockholm Resilience Center

Experts in the field of landscape restoration, the authors share their extensive knowledge and experiences for the purpose of encouraging ecosystem rehabilitation. They present a report on their concepts and tested methods that can be used in sites around the world in order to 'repair damaged landscape to an acceptable level of functionality.
The five

-step procedure will serve as a useful guide to professionals and those interested in restoration practices in a broad range of problems. --Marilyn K. Alaimo garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Restoring landscape function, so vital to ecosystem services, is the next frontier for restorationists, and Tongway and Ludwig describe that future eloquently. Their in-depth treatment of function and case studies are especially helpful, and the photos clearly demonstrate that the authors walk their talk. As a restoration practitioner and researcher, I find that this book has filled a critical gap for me. It should be a part of every restorationist's arsenal. --Michael Hogan Founder, Integrated Environmental Restoration Services, Lake Tahoe, California

About the Author

David J. Tongway is a soil scientist and ecologist formerly with CSIRO. He is currently an Honorary Fellow at CSIRO's Gungahlin laboratory in Canberra. John A. Ludwig is a plant and landscape ecologist formerly with New Mexico State University and CSIRO. He is currently an Honorary Fellow at CSIRO's laboratory in Atherton.

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Publication date

18th November 2010


David J. Tongway, John A. Ludwig

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Island Press


216 pages


Environmental management



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