Project Database

©Stephen Glass

The RRC provides a searchable database of restoration projects from around the world intended to serve as a resource for practitioners, researchers, educators, students, and the general public. Projects have been freely contributed by users of the SER website, or have been compiled from publicly available information by SER staff or other designees of SER. Expand the filter tool below to search for projects by country, region, biome, ecosystem, cause of degradation, or any combination of these factors.

Although SER does review all submissions for relevance, quality, and completeness before approving them for inclusion in the database, they are not subjected to peer review nor has project information been independently verified in the field. SER therefore makes no claim as to the accuracy of the information presented here or the degree to which the methods, techniques, and strategies used for a particular project adhere to generally accepted standards for ecological restoration practice. Anyone interested in learning more about a particular project is encouraged to contact the project lead or the responsible organization directly for further information.

If you have field experiences you’d like to share, we encourage you to submit your own project to the database!


The Project Database is generously supported by Stantec


Cause of Degradation

USA: New Jersey: Mount Rose Preserve Forest Restoration Project

Country: United States of America

Abstract: The Mount Rose Preserve Forest Restoration Project is sited within an area of the Mount Rose Preserve in Hopewell, NJ, comprised of forests over a hundred years old but with a very limited forest understory due to deer overbrowse. The primary restoration goal is to re-establish a diverse, structurally complex understory such as found within the target reference ecosystem. A secondary goal is to innovate and communicate locally appropriate forest restoration practices. Additional goals include...

USA: Vermont: EDRR Management of Japanese knotweed following extreme flooding

Country: United States of America

Abstract: In response to the floods following tropical storm Irene, and the potential for a significant increase in the Japanese knotweed popuation, the state of Vermont hired a coordinator to develop and carry out an early detection & rapid response (EDRR) work plan to eliminate as many of these new plants as possible, using only manual labor. Removal work was carried out eleven to thirteen months after Irene, along four river systems. During removal work, morphological data was collected from...

Madagascar: Restoration initiatives of degraded humid forests in the World Heritage site “Rainforests of the Atsinanana”

Country: Madagascar

Abstract: In collaboration with local communities, the project aims to assess the state of degradation and start restoration activities in three national parks that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Rainforests of the Atsinanana”, one of the most important and representative habitats of Madagascar humid forests with exceptional levels of biodiversity. These rainforests are currently placed in the World Heritage in Danger list, and projected restoration activities respond to the correctives...

Perú: Scalable strategies for landscape ecological restoration: models in San Martín, Perú, buffer zone of the National Park Cordillera Azul

Country: Peru

Abstract: In partnership with local stakeholders, CIMA, a Peruvian conservation organization is implementing restoration strategies for the recovery and reconnection of degraded and deforested areas, and strengthening the knowledge and capacity of local farmers to ensure ecosystem benefits in their localities. They will build two plant nurseries to be managed by the local community; and together with nearby universities they will develop robust capacity building and academic training programs based on...

Kenya: Ecological restoration in the sub-afromontane region of Kenya

Country: Kenya

Abstract: The project aims to maintain the largest collection of cultivated native plant species in East Africa and to be a source of both restoration expertise and propagative material for other reforestation projects in the sub-afromontane region of Kenya. Plants for Life International is aiming to create a unique example of a model indigenous forest for the region with increased plant biodiversity. The project will support replanting of new areas of forest with native trees, clearing of invasive...

Lebanon: Identifying biodiversity-related success factors of ecological restoration projects

Country: Lebanon

Abstract: The project focuses on determining biodiversity-related success factors of ecological restoration projects in a biodiversity hotspot of Lebanon, Mount Lebanon.  It will consider the role of wildlife in ecological restoration processes, by studying what different animals disperse, in relation to different plant species over different time frames.  Diverse plants that can sustain wildlife year round will be identified to promote the sustainability of the restored ecosystem and its natural...

USA: Colorado: Big Thompson Stream Restoration Project

Country: United States of America

Abstract: After experiencing devastating floods in northern Colorado in 2013, the Front Range watersheds were in desperate need of repair. To help restore the Big Thompson River and prepare for future flooding events, the Big Thompson Watershed Coalition hired Stantec to perform stream restoration design and implementation. Stantec worked on the assessment and design documents to guide rehabilitation and resilience efforts for the Big Thompson River, its floodplain, and its riparian...

USA: Ohio: Fifth Avenue Dam Evaluation and Removal

Country: United States of America

Abstract: When the 5th Avenue Dam was built on the Olentangy River in 1935, it served a useful purpose – providing cooling water for a power plant on The Ohio State University campus. Decades later, with the power plant long gone, the dam was not necessary. Dams often impair the health of the rivers by disrupting natural flow patterns and creating lake-like conditions that trap pollutants, sediment and obstruct the migration of aquatic species. That’s exactly what was happening behind this dam,...

USA: Florida: Unagrelli Preserve Habitat Restoration

Country: United States of America

Abstract: Manatee County engaged Stantec ecologists to help establish project goals and strategies for enhancing an awkwardly shaped, overgrown 31.3-acre site into a passive, recreation area that would benefit the local community. Stantec created a restoration plan that converted highly degraded uplands on the site to coastal hammock and removed spoil from wetland areas to improve hydrology. This plan included the placement of fill on an upland island and required a temporary wetland impact to...

USA: Kentucky: Hatchery Creek Stream Restoration

Country: United States of America

Abstract: Hatchery Creek is the outlet for the Wolf Creek Trout Hatchery located immediately downstream of the Wolf Creek dam, which forms Lake Cumberland. Water level fluctuations below the dam impaired trout spawning. Using in-lieu fee funding, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources hired the Design-Build team of EcoGro/Ridgewater/Stantec to design and build a one-mile extension downstream to create one of Kentucky’s first self-sustaining trout stream capable of supporting...

USA: Illinois: Deer Grove Forest Preserve Mitigation Planning and Implementation

Country: United States of America

Abstract: Stantec is conducting ecological restoration and maintenance to carry out two Management and Monitoring Plans – a 185-acre portion of Deer Grove East and 240- acre portion of Deer Grove West. These habitat enhancement projects are sponsored by Openlands (a conservation group in the greater Chicago region) to mitigate off-site impacts to wetlands associated with the O’Hare International Airport expansion. The preserve, located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, is surrounded...

Spain: Tools for integrating ecological restoration into land planning in the Region of Valencia (TERECOVA)

Country: Spain

Abstract: Efficient ecological restoration must assess ecological and socio-economic costs and benefits of these actions, valorize and harmonize them, and define priorities to maximize their positive outcomes. TERECOVA will create tools to prioritize restoration actions in heterogeneous Mediterranean landscapes by means of participative processes that integrate society visions and aspirations. We have established stakeholder platforms in two Mediterranean regions. Hundred of participants have...

Colombia: Reforestation in the Serranía De Los Yariguíes of the Colombian Andes

Country: Colombia

Abstract: The Yariguíes ridge, which reaches an elevation of 3200m and forms part of the central Andes range in the department of Santander, is a transitional climatic zone and includes oak-dominated forest, moist forest and Páramo habitats. Whereas the southern portion of the Yariguíes range was declared a national park in 2005, protecting more than 70,000 ha of the large watershed, the northern half has remained vulnerable to exploitation and is the principal source of water for Zapatoca, San...

USA: Ten Mile River Aquatic Habitat Restoration of Anadromous Fish Run in East Providence, Rhode Island

Country: United States of America

Abstract: The Ten Mile River restoration project restores diadromous fish migration to the lower part of the Ten Mile River in East Providence, RI. This project’s main goal is to provide fish passage over the first three downstream dams on the river: Omega Pond Dam, Hunts Mill Dam and Turner Reservoir Dam. A feasibility study was first conducted between 2001 and 2002 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Fish passage facilities were constructed at these dams to provide upstream migration of adult...

Brazil: Save the Good Water of Xingu – Y Ikatu Xingu

Country: Brazil

Abstract: Xingu is a famous name due to to the cultural richness of its original inhabitants where the Amazon forest and Cerrado merge in Brazil. There dwell 24 indigenous groups who live, drink, bathe and fish in Xingu river and tributaries. Pollution, silting and deregulation of water flow due to deforestation around Indigenous Territories and conversion to agricultural use, threaten the survival of this people and the sustainability of modern agriculture itself in the region (Figure 1). The Campaign...

USA: Ka Ike O Ka Aina: Knowledge of the land, Hawai’i

Country: Hawaii

Abstract: Ka Ike O Ka Aina (KOA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the Hawaiian culture and education of our youth. The vision and kuleana (responsibility) of KOA is to mālama 'āina (care for the land) and malama lāhui (care for its people) through our valued academic partnerships and community outreach efforts. KOA is located on a 40 acre coastal property - what is known to being a culturally iconic makahiki (festival) site for King Kamehameha I. After nearly two centuries or...

USA: Richmond Heritage Trail “Hike Through History,” Rhode Island

Country: United States of America

Abstract: Country Acres Road- Richmond, Rhode Island, was once home to mixed temperate forest with seasonal freshwater wetlands. Now, the bulk of the 47 acres consists of heavily degraded sand and gravel pits. Since extraction has ceased, uneven topography invaded predominantly by Ambrosia artemisiifolia (Common Ragweed) remains. The existing forested wetlands are dominated by an Acer rubrum (Red Maple) canopy and a Clethra alnifolia (Coastal Pepperbush) shrub layer with invasive species including...

USA: New England Cottontail Project

Country: United States of America

Abstract: The New England Cottontail Project is a restoration effort with the objective to restore the New England Cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis) to their native habitats through the creation of young forest and captive breeding programs. A young forest is an early successional forest that is created through managing and maintaining techniques such as clear cutting and prescribed burn. Contributing factors to the decline of the New England Cottontail populations are habitat loss due to...

South Africa: Buffelsdraai Reforestation Project, Iqadi

Country: South Africa

Abstract: The Buffelsdraai Landfill Site Community Reforestation Project was established in 2008 by eThekwini Municipality’s Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department. The aim was to alleviate climate change impacts associated with Durban hosting several 2010 FIFATM World Cup matches. A carbon footprint of 307 208 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) was declared for the event, and this reforestation project seeks to offset approximately 42 214 tonnes of carbon over a 20-year...

USA: Kahuku Point Ecological and Cultural Restoration, Hawai’i

Country: Hawaii

Abstract: Kahuku Point or Kalaeokaunaʻoa, the northern most point on Oʻahu, is composed of rare coastal habitat that is disappearing throughout the state of Hawaiʻi. North Shore Community Land Trust (NSCLT) in partnership with Turtle Bay Resort (TBR), US Fish and Wildlife’s (USFW) Coastal Program, Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), and the community seek to advance conservation efforts at Kahuku Point. Kahuku Point is one of the few remaining coastal dune ecosystems on the...

USA: Rhode Island: Narrow River Estuary Resiliency Restoration

Country: United States of America

Abstract: In October 2012, the one hundred-year storm Hurricane Sandy hit New England causing severe ecological and infrastructural damage to coastal communities. In accordance with the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, the U.S. Department of the Interior granted the state of Rhode Island $6,849,591 for projects to restore and improve coastal and estuarine resilience to storms. $1,400,000 was allocated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy to restore...

Australia: Restoration in a global biodiversity hotspot in Western Australia

Country: Australia

Abstract: The south-west of Western Australia is a global biodiversity hotspot where its high biodiversity suffers many threats. One of those threats is fragmentation of habitat owing to the large scale land clearing that was carried out in the 1950s and 1960s. This connectivity project aims to address this, and other threats, by restoring connections across a 70km swathe of farmland. Bush Heritage Australia has developed a Conservation Action Plan (using the Open Standards) in this area, where we are...

USA: Maidford River Saltmarsh Restoration: Middletown, Rhode Island

Country: United States of America

Abstract: Saltmarshes are arguably one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet, as these areas provide nurseries for birds, invertebrates and a diversity of fish species. Almost 70% of commercially fished species in Rhode Island rely on saltmarshes for at least a portion of their lives.9 Marshes have a natural ability to both vertically and horizontally accrete over time by collecting sediments, minerals and plant matter.10 Unfortunately, sea levels are rising faster than marshes can accrete....

USA: Drakes Island Salt Marsh Restoration in the Gulf of Maine, Wells, Maine

Country: United States of America

Abstract: Situated on the southern coast of Maine is the town of Wells. Within 1600 acres of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve is Drakes Island tidal marsh. Presently, a road runs through the marsh leading to houses comprising a small community and Drakes Island Beach. Due to development in the area and the historical restrictions of the road and culvert originally installed in 1848, the marsh’s health greatly deteriorated. Vegetation composition, surface elevation, water levels and...

USA: Tidmarsh Farms Restoration Project, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Country: United States of America

Abstract: Prior to restoration activities, Tidmarsh Farms was a commercial cranberry farm in Plymouth Massachusetts.  In 2010, approximately 200-acres of farmland was taken out of production on the east side of the property (Tidmarsh East) and placed under a conservation easement through the USDA NRCS Wetland Reserve Program. The owners, with the help of the Massachusetts Department of Ecological Restoration and other partners, completed assessment, design, and implementation phases over the next six...

USA: Restoration of Diamondback Terrapin Nesting Habitat along the Potowomut River; East Greenwich, RI

Country: United States of America

Abstract: The goal for restoration of the marsh located on the campus of the Rocky Hill School along the Potowomut River in East Greenwich, RI is to improve habitat for a recently discovered population of diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin). This brackish water turtle species is state-listed in Rhode Island. The terrapins have been observed using the site for nesting and the focus of the project is to increase nesting areas in order to sustain a thriving population. The project is in its second...

Portugal: TerraSeixe: environmental stewardship in southwestern Portugal

Country: Portugal

Abstract: This is a landscape-based project, using the Seixe River basin (watershed/catchment) as the unit for analysis. Nature Conservation Instruments, a protected area, 2 Natura 2000 network sites and an Important Bird and Biodiversity area overlap to provide protection for 93% of the project area. Ecologically this is an area of high biodiversity, which has legal protection but little, to no, actual protection in place. Socially, around 50% of the area is used for eucalyptus plantations (pulp and...

USA: Restoration of Leachate-Impacted Wetlands and Associated Mitigation at the University of Connecticut Landfill

Country: United States of America

Abstract: On June 26, 1998, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CTDEP) issued a Consent Order to the University of Connecticut (UConn) requiring that a remedial action plan (RAP) be formulated to abate pollution emanating from the university’s landfill and former chemical pits, which operated between 1966 and 1993. The disposal areas became sources of contamination of wetland sediments, surface water, and domestic wells through the migration and discharge of leachate-contaminated...

USA: Two Dam Removals, One Bypass and One Fish Ladder at The Great Penobscot River Restoration, Penobscot River Watershed, Maine

Country: United States of America

Abstract: In an effort to restore eleven species of sea-run fish while resuming energy production levels, a coalition bonded together to restore the second largest river in New England. State and federal agencies, businesses and non-profits banded together to restore the Penobscot River watershed. Two dam removals and the construction of one fish by-pass, and one modernized fish ladder resulted in over 2,000 km of connected migratory fish passage concluding a massive restoration project. The ongoing...

USA: Ala Mahamoe Restoration Project

Country: United States of America

Abstract: Increasing efficacy in water usage and recharge at Ala Mahamoe, O'ahu, through native plant restoration and the establishment of Hawaiian Cultural Garden. The objectives of the Ala Mahamoe Restoration Projects are three-fold: Control invasive species in the project area to improve the integrity and ecological services of the watershed through increased recharge capacity Provide opportunities for students and community members to be involved in forest stewardship and conservation work...