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.

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Cause of Degradation

USA: Rhode Island: North Cape Shellfish Restoration, Block Island Sound

Country: United States of America

Abstract: In January of 1996 the tank barge, North Cape, struck ground off the coast of Rhode Island spilling approximately 828,000 gallons of No. 2 heating oil into Block Island Sound. The results of over 30 studies of potential resource injuries caused by the spill were reviewed and a variety of experts in relevant scientific and technical disciplines were consulted. Based on this work, it is believed that the spill caused significant injuries to biota in the offshore and salt pond environments and to...

USA: Maryland: Anacostia Riparian Meadow Restoration

Country: United States of America

Abstract: In 2007 the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) initiated an experimental research project with the help of an interdisciplinary team of experts to look for alternative methods to riparian buffer restoration where reforestation is not permitted because of stream channel engineering constraints. AWS has been working at a short section of the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River, immediately downstream of the 38th Avenue Bridge in Hyattsville, Maryland, in the Washington Metropolitan Area. In...

USA: Massachusetts: Fowl Meadow Purple Loosestrife Biological Control Project

Country: United States of America

Abstract: The Fowl Meadow Purple Loosestrife Biological Control Project is a five-year collaborative wetland restoration project, begun in 2008, and based in freshwater wetlands of the Neponset River Watershed in Massachusetts, USA. The project uses Galerucella calmariensis and G. pusilla beetles and larvae as a biological control agent to control and reduce the presence of exotic, invasive Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) in the Fowl Meadow wetlands and surrounding area. The project is implemented...

USA: Texas: Lavaca Bay Restoration, Point Comfort, Calhoun County

Country: United States of America

Abstract: From the late 1960s to early 1970s Alcoa (Alcoa, Inc and Alcoa World Alumina, LLC) operated a chlorine-alkali processing unit at its Point Comfort, Texas, plant that discharged mercury into Lavaca Bay. Coal tar processing contaminated other areas around the facility with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). In 1988, a portion of Lavaca Bay was closed for the taking of finfish and crabs for consumption after mercury levels in these resources were found to exceed levels considered safe for...

USA: Rhode Island: The North Cape American Lobster (Homarus americanus) Restoration Project, Block Island Sound

Country: United States of America

Abstract: The North Cape American Lobster Restoration Project was an effort to restore the Southern New England lobster population following injuries caused by the North Cape oil spill. In January of 1996 the tank barge, North Cape, struck ground off the coast of Rhode Island spilling approximately 828,000 gallons of No. 2 heating oil into Block Island Sound. The spill caused more than 2.9 million lobsters to wash ashore and the natural resources damage assessment estimated a total of 9 million lobsters...

USA: Indiana: Maumee River Riparian Zone Restoration, Allen County

Country: United States of America

Abstract: The Maumee River Riparian Zone Restoration is a reforestation effort on 75 acres of farm land with a goal of restoring riparian bottomland habitat. The restoration plan, developed by the state of Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), provides compensation for natural resource injuries along the Maumee River resulting from hazardous substance releases from the Fort Wayne Reduction Site....

Australia: The Regent Honeyeater Habitat Restoration Project

Country: Australia

Abstract: The Regent Honeyeater Habitat Restoration Project is a landscape-scale community effort to protect and restore all significant remnants of native woodland habitat in the agricultural district of the Lurg Hills, near Benalla, Victoria. Relying heavily on volunteer labour, the project conducts planting activities to revegetate old agricultural fields, enhance the understorey in existing stands of forest, and reconnect isolated forest fragments. While focus is placed on restoring and improving...

Spain: El Corredor Verde del Río Guadiamar

Country: Spain

Abstract: Ha transcurrido una década desde que la cuenca del río Guadiamar sufriera una de las mayores catástrofes medioambientales del último siglo: el vertido de lodos y aguas ácidas tras la rotura de los muros de la balsa minera en Aznalcóllar, Andalucía. El accidente tuvo trascendencia internacional por su proximidad a uno de los espacios naturales más importantes de Europa, la Marisma Doñana, y la gravedad de la situación exigió que se tomaran decisiones inmediatas y se aplicaran medidas...

South Africa: Coastal Restoration and Job Creation in Kommetjie

Country: South Africa

Abstract: This project south of Cape Town, South Africa aims to improve the condition of selected public natural coastal spaces and contribute to existing efforts to improve, extend and maintain public access to coastal areas. The project also provides employment and training to local people from poor communities, while ensuring that the benefits of their work are experienced by a broad range of people. People were hired to remove alien plants, plant indigenous gardens, stabilize sand dunes and build...

Mauritius: Forest Habitat Restoration in the Ile Aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve

Country: Mauritius

Abstract: Managed and leased by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF), Ile aux Aigrettes is a 25-hectare island just off the southeast coast of mainland Mauritius that contains the last remnant of Mauritian coastal ebony forest. Exotic plant and animal species had driven the ecosystem to the brink of extinction by the 1980s, and it was then that MWF began its ongoing restoration program. Initial interventions included the removal of non-native plant species, revegetation with nursery-reared seedlings,...

USA: North Carolina: Atlantic White Cedar Restoration at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

Country: United States of America

Abstract: In the 1980s, the Atlantic white cedar (Chamaecypa risthyoides)-bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) bog at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge was cleared and drained as part of a commercial enterprise that was later abandoned. The resultant decomposition of the bog's peat deposits caused a dramatic influx of mercury and nitrogen levels in runoff from the site and adversely affected the entire Albemarle/Palmico estuary system. In response to increasing anoxia and eutrophication in the estuary,...

USA: California: Common Murre Restoration Project, Central California Coast, USA

Country: United States of America

Abstract: Between January 28 and February 4, 1986, the oil transportation barge, APEX HOUSTON, discharged about 26,000 gallons of crude oil while in transit from San Francisco Bay to the Long Beach Harbor. The oil spill injured seabirds and other aquatic life from Point Reyes to the Big Sur coast (Map, File 1). Approximately 9,000 seabirds were killed, including 6,300 common murres (Uria aalge; Carter et al. 2003). Restoration funds were recovered from the responsible party under the federal Clean Water...

Chile: Forest habitat restoration on the Juan Fernández Archipelago, Chile

Country: Chile

Abstract: The Juan Fernández Firecrown (Sephanoides fernandensis) is a critically endangered hummingbird found only on Robinson Crusoe Island of the Juan Fernández Archipelago, Chile. Investigation of the factors associated with the decline of this hummingbird revealed that nesting Juan Fernández Firecrowns prefer native forest without invasive plant cover. In response, a forest habitat restoration program was undertaken which includes (1) investigation of effective methods of control of invasive...

USA: California: Forest Restoration in Campgrounds at Kings Canyon National Park

Country: United States of America

Abstract: Intensive campground use at the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park, California, has compacted the soil and left areas without understory vegetation or tree recruitment. To better inform the restoration of these sites after closure, natural regeneration potential was tested against planting and soil restoration methods. The tested methods included planting with container stock and direct seeding, fencing, and soil treatments of tilling, mulching, and gypsum and humus additions....

United Kingdom: Scotland: Wet Woods LIFE Project to Restore Bog Woodland and Residual Alluvial Forest

Country: United Kingdom

Abstract: The Wet Woods LIFE Project was funded through the European Union's LIFE Nature Programme as a series of conservation initiatives on two priority habitats known collectively as 'wet woods'. The broad aim of the project is to restore and enhance some of the most important areas of bog woodland and floodplain woodland in the United Kingdom, being located on or adjacent to four candidate Special Areas of Conservation (cSAC) designated for these habitats under the EU Habitats Directive: Monadh Mor...

Venezuela: El Uso de Arbustos Nativos Micorrizados para la Rehabilitación de Areas Degradadas de La Gran Sabana

Country: Venezuela

Abstract: En las áreas degradadas de La Gran Sabana donde perturbaciones severas han cambiado la composición de los suelos, la regeneración natural se puede encontrar obstaculizada por la ausencia de hongos micorrizógenos arbusculares, junta con las barreras presentadas por los suelos naturalmente ácidos y pobres en nutrientes que caracterizan la región. En respuesta a estas circunstancias, una estrategia de restauración que se puede adoptar es utilizar plantas "nodrizas" para mejorar la tasa de...

Canada: Ontario: Trial Restoration of Cliff-Edge Forest in Bruce Peninsula National Park

Country: Canada

Abstract: Ecological restoration in parks and conservation areas poses a unique challenge, as the need to maintain public access often precludes gradual, undisturbed vegetative succession and in many cases results in continuing processes of degradation. In this study conducted in Bruce Peninsula National Park, researchers tested whether the natural canopy species, Thuja occidentalis, can be restored to degraded coastal cliff edges without reducing the number of visitors to the park. A combination of seed...

Indonesia: Central Kalimantan Peatlands Restoration Project

Country: Indonesia

Abstract: The Central Kalimantan Peatlands Project (CKPP) grew out of an increasing recognition at the local, national and international levels of the urgency of halting and reversing degradation of the peatswamp forests of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Drainage, illegal logging and fire have devastated the area's peatswamps in recent decades, and the impacts on local livelihoods, the broader economy and critical wildlife habitats have been staggering. Moreover, the annual contribution to global...

USA: New Mexico: Reintroducing Beavers to Facilitate Riparian Restoration on the Zuni Reservation

Country: United States of America

Abstract: The Zuni Watershed in west-central New Mexico has been subject to acute and continuing processes of degradation since the arrival of European settlers in the nineteenth century. A lawsuit brought against the federal government in response to gross mismanagement of local environmental resources resulted in the inception of the Zuni Conservation Project in late 1991. Planned and implemented by the Tribe's Fish and Wildlife Department, this unique program of watershed restoration and riparian...

India: The Attappady Wasteland Comprehensive Environmental Conservation Project in Kerala

Country: India

Abstract: The Attappady region of Kerala has experienced severe ecological degradation stemming from a number of sources and now exhibits the largest extension of wasteland in the state. The progressive loss of vegetation, erosion of exposed topsoil, decline in soil fertility and scarcity of water resources has seriously jeopardized local livelihoods and given rise to a situation in which more than 80% of the population lived below the poverty line at the beginning of the 1990s. It was under these...

Argentina: Restauración de Bosques y Agroecología en el Corredor Verde de la Provincia de Misiones

Country: Argentina

Abstract: Dado su extraordinario valor ecológico y su crítico estado de conservación, el Bosque Atlántico del Alto Paraná es considerado de alta prioridad de conservación a escala regional y global. La ONG Conservación Argentina impulsa desde el año 2002 un proyecto de conservación en el corredor biológico de Misiones entre los parques provinciales Urugua-í y Horacio Foerster. El proyecto busca mantener y restaurar una conexión de selva entre ambas unidades protegidas con el objetivo de...

Ecuador: Restauración del Manglar de Muisne en la Provincia de Esmeraldas

Country: Ecuador

Abstract: Desde los años ochentas, la camaronicultura ha provocado la deforestación de áreas extensas de manglar en la costa de Ecuador. En el estuario del río Muisne, una zona de alta biodiversidad en la provincia de Esmeraldas, se ha perdido más del 80% de la cobertura de manglares, disminuyendo no sólo la extensión y cohesión del hábitat sino también la base económica para la población cercana que depende de actividades pesqueras y recolectoras. En mayo de 2003, la Fundación de Defensa...

USA: Alaska: The Role of Thermal Regime in Tundra Plant Community Restoration

Country: United States of America

Abstract: Mineral extraction activities in the Arctic regions of the world produce long-lasting ecological disturbances. Assisted recovery from such disturbances may require restoration of the tundra thermal regime. In this study, plugs of entire root zone and live tundra plants were transplanted to a disturbed site in Alaska oil fields. The dominant species were Carex aquatilis, Eriophorum angustifolium, Dupontia fisheri, Poa glauca, Festuca rubra, Salix ovalifolia, S. reticulata, and Sphagnum spp. The...

South Africa: Restoration of Coastal Dune Forests Following Opencast Mining in Northern KwaZulu-Natal Province

Country: South Africa

Abstract: The rehabilitation program conducted by Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) of areas exposed to opencast surface mining of sand dunes north of Richards Bay (28º43'S, 32º12'E) on the coast of northern KwaZulu-Natal Province commenced in 1978 and has resulted in the development of a series of known-aged stands of vegetation. By assuming that these spatially separated stands develop along a similar pathway over time, instantaneous sampling should reveal successional changes usually associated with...

Russia: Restoring Mountain Birch Seedlings in a Heavily Polluted Industrial Barren on the Kola Peninsula

Country: Russia

Abstract: Denuded landscapes adjacent to big polluters represent an extremely harsh environment for plants due to a unique combination of soil toxicity and physical stress. A 5-year experiment conducted at two barren sites near the Severonikel nickel-copper smelter at Monchegorsk, northwestern Russia tested whether the survival and performace of seedlings of Mountain birch (Betula pubescens ssp. czerepanovii) can be enhanced by physical sheltering and how large the supposed benefits to survival and...

México: Reforestación con Especies Arbóreas Nativas en un Pastizal Degradado en la Selva Lacandona de Chiapas

Country: Mexico

Abstract: El presente estudio se realizó en un pastizal degradado en la Selva Lacandona, Chiapas, México. Se evaluó durante un año el efecto de tratamientos de deshierbe y fertilización, sobre el desempeño de plántulas de seis especies arbóreas nativas medido en términos de supervivencia y crecimiento. A partir de la época de sequía la probabilidad de supervivencia de las plántulas aumentó bajo la cobertura de los pastos (tratamiento sin deshierbe), tanto de especies demandantes de luz como...

Dominican Republic: Restoring Tropical Forest at Sites Dominated by Anthropogenic Fern Thickets

Country: Dominican Republic

Abstract: In many parts of the tropics, deforestation results in areas dominated by colonizing ferns of the genus Dicranopteris. This study investigated methods for restoring native wet tropical forest on a degraded site in the Ebano Verde Scientific Reserve, located in the central highlands of the Dominican Republic. Fern cover was manually removed from the site, and then a trial planting of 18 nursery-reared native tree and shrub species was conducted. The seedlings were planted in high densities in...

Brazil: Restoration of a Restinga Sandy Coastal Plain in Rio de Janeiro

Country: Brazil

Abstract: Brazil's population is overwhelmingly centered on the coast, and the resultant anthropogenic pressures have brought severe degradation and widespread habitat loss to coastal ecosystems. Restingas, or sandy coastal plains, are one such ecosystem that has been greatly impacted by encroaching human populations, and this study was undertaken to restore natural vegetation on a remnant restinga in Rio de Janeiro. Although shrubs and trees comprise the majority of a natural restinga plant community,...

México: Forestación con Mangles en Isletas de Dragados en la Costa Semiárida de Sinaloa

Country: Mexico

Abstract: La bahía de Navachiste, localizada al norte del Estado de Sinaloa, se considera como sitio RAMSAR de importancia para aves acuáticas migratorias y es un área de importancia pesquera. Sin embargo, actividades como la agricultura, la acuacultura y las descargas de aguas urbanas han ocasionado la contaminación del cuerpo de agua, por lo que se desarrolló un programa de dragado para la rehabilitación hidrológica del sistema lagunar. Como parte del programa, se condicionó a que las zonas de...

Canada: Restoration of a Fen Plant Community after Peat Mining in Southern Québec

Country: Canada

Abstract: Even several decades after the cessation of mining activities, natural revegetation of mined peat fields in North America is often constrained by a lack of suitable propagules, as the residual peat is devoid of plants and a viable seed bank (Salonen 1987), and natural areas surrounding the mined fields are typically bogs with few or no fen species present (Poulin et al. 1999; Campbell et al. 2003). This study was undertaken in the RiviÁ¨re-du-Loup peatland in southern Québec, Canada to test...