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