Stromberg, M., C.M. D’Antonio, T.P. Young and J. Wirka
Restoration of California grasslands, once thought to be nearly impossible (Sampson et al. 1951; Heady 1988) is now under way at many sites, although usually with less ambitious goals than the complete eradication of exotics or complete ecological restoration as defined above. Restoration offers the hope of creating a landscape that is more weed-resistant, maintains its productivity over time and other ecosystem services, and is somewhat tolerant or resilient to a variety of stresses. A broad continuum of effort exists from small-scale landscaping and creation of prairie gardens, to landscape architecture projects focused on native grasses, to larger scale reclamation and full “ecological restoration” as defined above.
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