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Wetland Restoration and Construction - A Technical Guide


Wetland Restoration and Construction - A Technical Guide






By Thomas R. Biebighauser




The author shares proven practices used to restore over 1,400 wetlands in 18 states and two Canadian provinces, answering questions asked by thousands of professionals and landowners who have attended the hands-on wetland restoration workshops he has instructed across North America. Clear, logical, step-by-step instructions explain how to design and establish naturally- appearing and functioning wetlands for wildlife, fish, cleaning runoff, recharging groundwater, and reducing flooding. Over 650 detailed color drawings and photographs illustrate highly effective and inexpensive techniques for restoring wetlands. Whether your aim is to carry out a complicated mitigation project or to simply help wildlife, this book will expertly guide you through the steps required to build a successful wetland.

The chapters clearly explain how to select suitable locations for building wetlands, the best techniques to use, what types of heavy equipment are needed, and how to oversee construction and planting. Of special interest to land managers are the pages showing how wetlands can be designed to provide habitat to specific species such as the wood frog, painted turtle, and for shorebirds. Other sections describe how wetlands can be built at schools for science education, on mined lands for cleaning run-off, when closing old roads, and how wetlands that are not performing as planned can be repaired.

The Wetland Trust in partnership with the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), and the Center for Wetlands and Stream Restoration published the book. Individuals may visit to take advantage of the introductory price of only $15.50 per copy, which also includes postage.

Wetland Restoration and Construction, A Technical Guide by long-time practitioner Thomas Biebighauser is a "must have" for natural resource managers as well as ordinary citizens interested in conserving, restoring, and creating wetlands. Tom has crafted a comprehensive, practical, and easy to read manual with clear and concise diagrams, photos, and step-by-step instructions that guide the user through wetland construction and restoration from start to finish, including the basics of wetland identification, ecology, and design, as well as useful information on permitting and obtaining funding. It is a fabulous resource." Daniel Taylor, Water for Wildlife Program Coordinator, Bat Conservation International

Worldwide loss and deterioration of wetlands have accelerated the local extinction of amphibians and freshwater turtles leading toward threatened and endangered status on a global scale. This comprehensive guide to wetland construction could not be timelier. Succinct and easily understandable, Tom Biebighauser's technical guide Wetland Restoration and Construction offers the whys, where's and how's of wetland creation and restoration for the land manager as well as for the backyard conservationist in all of us. Ernesto Garcia, Executive Director, Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy (Friends of PARC)

Both the novice naturalist and experienced land manager will discover exciting, new ways of observing and evaluating landscapes. Tom does an exemplary job of integrating wetland construction techniques with wetland biology. Chapter 9, "Designing Wetlands for Wildlife", provides professional contractors and land managers key insights into wetland biodiversity - an essential ingredient for designing and constructing wetlands. The clarity of step-by-step instructions is complemented with superb diagrams and photographs. Go ahead; liven up your property with a seasonal pool – this book will guide you through a successful project, and your kids and grandkids will love you for it!" John Byrd, Director, Clinch River Environmental Studies Organization.

This book is a comprehensive information source for professionals of all backgrounds and levels of expertise who are designing or constructing wetlands. It is a great resource that explains the "why" part for all the components important to wetland restoration, including locating a wetland, hydrology, aquatic habitat, soils, vegetation, and construction techniques. I really appreciate the explanation of wetland types with their associated species and vegetation, it is easy during the designing to forget about the biological functions that need to occur after the hydrology is established and what is going to live in the wetland after construction is finished. Tom's book really pulls it all together and provides the design and construction expertise for all wetland enthusiasts. Elizabeth Bullock, Professional Engineer.

It is a fantastic resource that I can't wait to share with others. This book provides clear explanations of the techniques for successful wetland restoration starting at small scales, but that can be extended to larger projects. With experience building and restoring wetlands spanning decades, Mr. Biebighauser has learned what works and what doesn't. Most importantly, he urges those interested in wetland restoration not to be discouraged by nay-sayers, nor to get too caught up in the semantics of restoration vs. construction, but to get out and build wetlands! Examples of people around the continent doing just that are abundant in this book. It is a valuable companion to Biebighauser's earlier book, and is a must-have resource for anyone wishing to be a practitioner of wetland restoration. Melissa L. Mullins, Environmental Education Specialist, Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research, Baylor University



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Our membership comes from all walks of life and includes individuals from state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, museums, pet trade industry, nature centers, zoos, energy industry, universities, herpetological organizations, research laboratories, forest industries, and environmental consultants.