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How-to Series Explains Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land

In the Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land book series, authors Steven I. Apfelbaum, M.S., and Dr. Alan Haney explain how and why to restore an ecosystem to its natural state. Both books are appropriate for people with any level of experience. The authors avoid jargon and break down each concept for readers with minimal ecological training, while simultaneously offering suggestions that those with considerable experience will value.

The first book, Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land, introduces the process and importance of ecological restoration and offers ten steps to improving land health for any property. The final chapters include applications to restoration in specific ecosystems, including grasslands, forests, wetlands, streams and deserts. The Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land Workbook expands on the preceding book, dedicating one chapter for each of the ten restoration steps.

“Nature needs our help. Restoration is a necessity, not a luxury, if we want to have a supply of food and clean drinking water and an earth rich with biodiversity,” says Apfelbaum, a world-renowned leader in the fields of ecosystem restoration and conservation development, recognized by the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s John T. Curtis Award for Career Excellence in Ecological Restoration in 2010. Apfelbaum founded Applied Ecological Services (AES), one of the world’s largest ecological restoration companies. He also authored Nature’s Second Chance, a 30-year, personal account of the restoration of his family’s Wisconsin dairy farm.

Haney holds a master’s degree from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences and a Ph.D. in forest ecology from the State University of New York at Syracuse. A leading ecologist, he has taught and inspired thousands of university students and has worked with ecosystem restoration for more than 30 years.

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