The purpose of this document is to summarize principles of landscape ecology and conservation biology that are applicable to the conservation and restoration of nearshore ecosystems in the Puget Sound. The principles are intended to guide the prioritization of conservation and restoration sites and actions by the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project (PSNERP). Potential lists of restoration sites were identified from the Change Analysis data, using a process of Strategic Needs Assessment. PSNERP’s mission and goals center on restoring large-scale ecosystem processes using local actions informed by a landscape-scale perspective. This report should be viewed in conjunction with three other PSNERP products: the conceptual model (Simenstad et al. 2006), guidance document (Fresh et al. 2004), and guiding restoration principles (Goetz et al. 2004). These documents provide the framework for the PSNERP restoration plan.
Puget Sound Nearshore Partnership