There are two ways of solving problems. One is to keep things from getting worse, and the other is to make things better. Ecological restoration falls into the second category. People involved in ecological restoration are assisting the recovery of damaged ecosystems, from vacant lots to tropical rainforests. They are making the world better by creating space for plants and animals, and by replenishing the raw materials of a strong economy – things like clean water, vast forests, and efficient pollination.

Like baseball or rocket science, learning about ecological restoration begins with observation. In this blog, we describe our observations of plants and animals – their natural history – in places that need restoration and places that are being restored.


This blog is a project of the Missouri Botanical Garden, a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis.


2 thoughts on “About

  1. Greeting…
    I am a scientist working on the chemistry and pharmacology of Moringa. I came across to your beautiful picture of Moringa peregrina in this site and wonder if you allow me to use it in my scientific publications. I duly acknowledge the source at every opportunity…
    Thank you…
    Dr Solomon Habtemariam BSc, MSc, PhD, PgDipMS …
    Pharmacognosy Research Laboratories
    University of Greenwich, Medway Campus – Science
    Grenville Building (G102/G107), Central Avenue
    Chatham-Maritime, Kent ME4 4TB, UK
    Tel: +44 (0)208 331 8302/8424 – Fax: +44 (0)208 331 9805


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