Restoration Projects

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!

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USA: California: Marbled Murrelet Restoration and Corvid Management Project/ Marbled Murrelet Land Acquisition and Enhancement Project, Central California Coast, USA

On the evening of September 26th, 1998, the marine vessel, M/V Command, illegally spilled an estimated 3,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil while in transit from San Francisco to Panama. The relatively small spill occurred at a time...

USA: New York: Bar Beach Salt Marsh Restoration, Hempstead Harbor

In 2003, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), New York Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Town of North Hempstead restored a 0.8-acre salt marsh in Bar Beach...

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

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...

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

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...

USA: Maryland: Anacostia Riparian Meadow Restoration

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...

USA: Massachusetts: Fowl Meadow Purple Loosestrife Biological Control Project

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

Australia: The Regent Honeyeater Habitat Restoration Project

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,...

Spain: El Corredor Verde del Río Guadiamar

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...

South Africa: Coastal Restoration and Job Creation in Kommetjie

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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....

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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,...

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

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...

Indonesia: Central Kalimantan Peatlands Restoration Project

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...

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

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...

India: The Attappady Wasteland Comprehensive Environmental Conservation Project in Kerala

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...