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 joint project of the Restoration Ecology Lab in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech, the Ecological Health Network, and Missouri Botanical Garden, a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis.

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  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


  2. Greetings,
    I am a student at the American community school of Amman, Jordan. I am writing to you having read with great interest your blog entry of a visit to Jordan, and I am hoping you can share your expertise and knowledge. In an attempt to offset my school’s carbon footprint and make Jordan greener, I am trying to get my school to fund my project – to plant trees in Syrian Refugee camps, where the refugees have already agreed to take care of the trees. My project came to a halt when I was unable to find either seeds or cuttings to buy in Jordan. I was wondering whether you could help me by telling me if you know any places or people who could sell me either seeds or cutting of Jordanian trees you came across in your visit to the Dana area, and which you mention in your blog.

    We would be particularly interested in propagating endangered or rare species.
    Thank you,
    Oscar Turner


  3. Hi, my name is Gabriela and I recently went to Jordan and took pictures of these trees. The ancient trees are being destroyed by the local people and I have documented all of this. I’m trying to see if we can open a launchgood page so we can close out the area so we get cameras and these trees are protected with some fences or something. What do you guys think? What other organization can help with this cause?


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