March 15, 2018
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New research points to assisted natural regeneration as an "economically expedient restoration strategy" in many cases. That doesn't mean restoring ecosystems isn't important, the lead author says, but "we should be a little bit more specific about what restoration we do and the places we choose to restore." (via Chicago Tribune). 

Read SER's policy brief on natural regeneration  here.
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A women-led civil society group in Nigeria is empowering women and the whole community to protect Nigeria's extremely productive but disappearing mangrove forests, which provide abundant services to the marine environment and people. ( via BirdLife International)
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In the short term, peat fires clog the air with deadly smoke and smog. In densely populated areas such as Indonesia, blazes can devour homes and businesses and claim lives. But the fires' impact lingers long after the flames die down. Peat fires reshape entire ecosystems.  (via ScienceNews)

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Large wildfires have dominated the news in much of the western U.S. this past summer. Conservancy scientists working in rangelands and forests are engaged in many efforts to understand, cope with or avoid the effects of these fires.  ( via The Nature Conservancy )

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"If you compare the time periods, it is apparent that taking a long-term view is paramount to uncovering the complexity of biodiversity in human-modified landscapes," said senior researcher Dr. Christoph Meyer.  ( via PhysOrg )

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This questionnaire from MERCES (Marine Ecosystem Restoration in Changing European Seas) aims to record the views of a range of stakeholders on the acceptance of restoration. Share your thoughts by March 31.
Archived Webinar: Peatland Restoration
Presented by Reijo Hokkanen of Parks & Wildlife Finland. Over 50% of original peatland in Finland has been drained for forestry - Reijo discussed the implementation and monitoring of peatland restoration efforts. Watch now, and watch any of our other recorded webinars in our webinar library !
RRC Spotlight:  Restoration Evidence
Restoration Evidence is a searchable website that aims to make ecological restoration more effective by providing evidence on which restoration actions work, and which don't. It contains summaries of scientific research in order to support decision making.
New from  Restoration Ecology:  Open access 
Estuary ecosystem restoration: implementing and institutionalizing adaptive management (Ebberts et al)A common goal, open dialogue, and long-term commitment are key to institutionalizing an adaptive management process for ecosystem restoration that is effective and long-lasting.

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