Handbook for Restoring Tidal Wetlands

Edited by Joy B Zedler 
CRC Press  2000  

Hardback  464pp  ISBN 9780849390630      £80.00

  • Draws practical lessons from a lengthy research study conducted across southern California
  • Examines wetland maintenance issues and potential problems
  • Provides an exhaustive treatment from conceptual model to wetland maintenance and the restoration of plant and animal habitat
  • Contains 77 original full page plates on flora and fauna identified by Latin names

Efforts to direct the recovery of damaged sites and landscape date back as far as the 1930s. If we fully understood the conditions and controlling variables at restoration sites, we would be better equipped to predict the outcomes of restoration efforts. If there were no constraints, we could merely plant the restoration site and walk away. However, the development of restoration theory has not yet lead to predictability.

The Handbook for Restoring Tidal Wetlands fills an important gap in current restoration ecology literature. It provides a broad-based compilation of case studies and principles to guide the management of tidal restoration sites. Thoroughly illustrated with more than 170 figures and tables, the book covers a full range of topics including:

  • the conceptual planning for coastal wetlands restoration
  • strategies for the manipulation of hydrology and soils
  • the reestablishment of vegetation and assemblages of fishes and invertebrates
  • the process of assessing, monitoring, and sustaining restored wetlands

Combining detailed examples from coastal research studies along the Pacific coast of southern California with information drawn from the literature on coastal restoration across the globe, the Handbook for Restoring Tidal Wetlands is a must-have guide if you are involved in coastal mitigation and restoration projects.


    Introduction, J. B. Zedler
    The Scope of This Book
    The Shortcomings of Restoration Ecology Theory
    The Lack of Predictability of Restoration Outcomes
    New Understanding
    Adaptive Restoration
    Restoration in Coastal Wetlands
    Summary and Conclusion

    Developing a Framework for Restoration, G. Vivian-Smith
    Restoration Goals
    Current Site Characteristics
    Heterogeneity in Coastal Wetland Restoration Models
    Constraints Posed by Human Use
    Stepwise Planning of Restoration

    Hydrology and Substrate, J.C. Callaway
    Background and Introduction
    Planning Considerations
    Restoration Solutions

    Establishing Vegetation on Restored and Created Coastal Wetlands, G. Sullivan
    Developing a Vegetation Strategy
    Plant Acquisition, Propagation, and Maintenance
    Planting Methods
    Genetic Considerations

    Restoring Assemblages of Invertebrates and Fishes
    Environmental Parameters
    Estuarine Habitat Assemblages, Functions, and Restoration

    Restoring Assemblages of Invertebrates and Fishes, G.D. Williams and J.S. Desmond
    Environmental Parameters
    Estuarine Habitat Assemblages, Functions, and Restoration

    Assessment and Monitoring, J.C. Callaway, G. Sullivan, J.S. Desmond, G.D. Williams, J.B. Zedler
    Hydrology and Topography
    Water Quality
    Soils: Substrate Qualities, Nutrient Dynamics
    Elevation, Global Positioning Systems, and Geographic Information Systems
    Recommendations for Minimum Monitoring

    Sustaining Restored Wetlands: Identifying and Solving Management Problems, J.C. Callaway and G. Sullivan
    Macroalgal Blooms
    Sediment Issues
    Exotic Plant Invasions
    Exotic Animal Species
    Human Activities

    Conclusions and Future Directions, J.B. Zelder

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