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The action of weather, manmade and natural disasters, and a ballooning world population has created many demands in our environment that contributed to degrading lands. Considering that in the distant past the earth was green and filled with trees in contrast to more recent decades so that landscape restoration is equated to restoration of the forest landscape. Essentially, it is not just planting trees but a systematic process of re-establishing a degraded ecosystem into what it once was. That's a tall order as it involves the return of species to its home by re-creating their habitat, improving water quality, and stabilizing a healthier soil for growth of robust vegetation.
Disturbed lands need not be a vast area but can just be a plain road unless it's a freeway project. However, in truth, even just a two-lane one causes some disturbance. Look at some impacts of development and some steps that can be done to rehabilitate the land.
Mining has always been a hot topic and certain groups can be sizzling mad. The devastation that mining brings to environments and communities can be so great that recovery from open pit mining and landfill can seem to be an impossible dream. Nonetheless, restoration entails several or all of these:
The primary aims are to restore the health, integrity, and sustainability of an ecosystem through a series of activities to make it happen. Among others, these are introduction of erosion control, reforestation using local native species, re-vegetation where needed, removal of non-native weeds and species, reintroduction of native species and in general, habitat restoration, to include endangered species.
Forest Landscape Restoration
It is a process of restoring human well-being by regaining use of ecological functions in degraded and deforested lands. The range of activities is wide like integrating trees into agricultural lands, reforesting denuded lands, and allowing natural forest succession to occur with close guarding and monitoring by responsible agencies. Some successful countrywide restoration includes strategies like technical assistance to landowners, innovative financing approaches, and policy reforms.
So much can be done to put disturbed environments back into order, you just need to know more about how it can be done. Moreover, you need to know the right tools and equipment to use for such processes to ensure the best results.
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