Questions on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration
STEVE YOUNG 703-235-5593
YOUNG.STEVE at EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV
Wed Jun 1 16:01:00 CDT 1994
A colleague, Lynn Martin in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Institute for Water Resources, is drafting policy for ecosystem
restoration activities. Her group will be evaluating restoration
objectives and providing guidance for restoration projects. On
her behalf, I'm forwarding the following message to seek
responses and ideas on restoration objectives, biodiversity
considerations, and selection criteria.
"Federal agencies are embracing the philosophy of ecosystem
management as a framework for pursuing a wide range of ecosystem
management initiatives. In addition, we have recognized that
biological diversity is a global asset, and protecting and
managing biodiversity is a priority in many resource management
I am interested in how decision-makers are putting these concepts
into practice for ecosystem restoration. We need to formulate the
types of restoration objectives that specifically state what we
are trying to accomplish, and that will help justify pursuit of
one project over another. To spearhead a discussion on this
topic, I pose the following questions. Project-specific responses
are of particular interest.
1. If one wanted to pursue an ecosystem restoration
initiative, what would meaningful objectives consist of?
2. What are measurable objectives for trying to achieve
3. How can the results of restoration efforts be measured so
that economic efficiency of alternative plans can be evaluated
(even though ecosystem restoration benefits may not be measured
in monetary terms)?
4. What will success in biodiversity and ecosystem
restoration look and be like?"
Please repost this as appropriate and share with your colleagues
in ecological restoration. I will summarize and post the
responses to these questions. Please reply to me personally,
rather than the list, and indicate if you do *not* want your
response to be attributed to you in the summary.
Thanks for your help; cheers,
Young.steve at epamail.epa.gov
202-786-2944, -2821; fax 202-786-2934
(US EPA employee on loan to the
Smithsonian Biodiversity Program)
Smithsonian Biodiversity Program
National Museum of Natural History (MRC-180)
10th & Constitution Avenue, Rm. W307
Washington, DC 20560
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