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Title: Reference concepts in ecosystem restoration and environmental benefits analysis : principles and practices
Authors: Miller, Sarah J.
Pruitt, Bruce A.
Theiling, Charles H.
Fischenich, J. Craig, 1962-
Komlos, Shawn B.
Keywords: Ecosystems
Ecoystem restoration
Environmental restoration
Reference concepts
Environmental Benefits Analysis (U.S.)
Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program (U.S.)
Publisher: Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Note (Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC TN-EMRRP-EBA-12
Abstract: This technical note provides a background and summary of the scientific foundation for applying reference condition concepts to ecosystem restoration, project planning, and EBA. Information is presented on the state of reference approach practices and the how the most practical of identified practices might be applied to ecosystem restoration efforts. The authors discuss gaps that seem to exist between the state of the science and the practice associated with how reference approaches are used in the pursuit of ecosystem restoration. A strategy is proposed to better couple the science with the practice by describing a set of functional reference condition types, defining applicable reference approaches and criteria, and introducing the potential for use of reference condition as a foundation for EBA. Ecosystem restoration topics that can be streamlined and improved through this strategy include a) which reference approach to use, b) what type of reference target(s) to use, c) which parameters to measure, d) how to compare and prioritize dissimilar projects at the program scale, e) how to reconcile less-than-perfect datasets, and f) how to incorporate reference condition comparisons into the practice of restoring ecosystems. This technical note provides the scientific foundation necessary to address these topics; further detail and additional specific application guidelines for reference concepts in EBA are provided in Pruitt et al. (2012).
Description: Technical Note
Gov't Doc #: ERDC TN-EMRRP-EBA-12
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited
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