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Status and Challenges of Grassland Restoration in the United States

Status and Challenges of Grassland Restoration in the United States SPECIAL ISSUE Status and Challenges of Grassland Restoration in the United States rasslands are dynamic and diverse. They thrive in and Nemec and colleagues, examine the impact of different almost any soil, from former agricultural fields seed mixes and density on target species composition and Gto wetlands, pipeline routes, vacant lots, and invasion resistance in restored grasslands. Norland and brownfields. Despite prolific research and discussion in colleagues show that the seeding of functionally similar the academic, public, and private spheres, there is still forbs is successful in resisting invasion of Canada thistle. much we don’t know about how to restore an ecologi- Agricultural catchments can be successfully restored to cally functioning grassland ecosystem that supports many diverse plant communities without increasing unwanted plant, animal and microbe species, decreases soil erosion, species in crops (Hirsh et al.). Espeland examines the increases water quality, resists invasive plant species, and importance of soil legacy and soil conditioning in restor- is pleasing to the eye. ing California plantain populations. Taylor and colleagues In this special issue of Ecological Restoration, we have demonstrate that low-cost grazing, herbicide, and seeding compiled a series of perspectives, reviews, research, and treatments increase native perennial grasses over exotic design articles to address the status, challenges, and suc- grasses. Finally, we feature an extensive design project by cess of grassland restoration in the United States. We start Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects that incorporates this issue with a series of perspectives from individuals in restoration and monitoring into the transformation of a academic, private, and public organizations involved in former agricultural landscape. grassland restoration. These authors cover topics spanning All of these pieces further the science and practice of invasion resistance (Yurkonis), coupling habitat restora- restoration ecology to enhance the diversity and ecologi- tion with biofuel production (Burkhalter), native seed cal function of our much damaged grasslands. Ecological production (Kedzierski, Miller), and the importance of Restoration hopes that by communicating these findings communication between scientists and practitioners to to you, this special issue will help bridge the gap between enhance restoration success (Dickens and Suding). This is science and practice, advancing your efforts. Thank you followed by a series of restoration notes and articles that for reading. experimentally test the practice and theory of restoration ecology. Rayburn and Laca review the practice of strip- Myla F.J. Aronson, Managing Editor seeding in grassland restoration. Goldblum and colleagues, USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950. Manual of the grasses of the United States. Washington, DC.: USDA Miscellaneous Publication No. 200. June 2013 ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION 31:2 • 119 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ecological Restoration University of Wisconsin Press

Status and Challenges of Grassland Restoration in the United States

Ecological Restoration , Volume 31 (2) – Jun 13, 2013

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SPECIAL ISSUE Status and Challenges of Grassland Restoration in the United States rasslands are dynamic and diverse. They thrive in and Nemec and colleagues, examine the impact of different almost any soil, from former agricultural fields seed mixes and density on target species composition and Gto wetlands, pipeline routes, vacant lots, and invasion resistance in restored grasslands. Norland and brownfields. Despite prolific research and discussion in colleagues show that the seeding of functionally similar the academic, public, and private spheres, there is still forbs is successful in resisting invasion of Canada thistle. much we don’t know about how to restore an ecologi- Agricultural catchments can be successfully restored to cally functioning grassland ecosystem that supports many diverse plant communities without increasing unwanted plant, animal and microbe species, decreases soil erosion, species in crops (Hirsh et al.). Espeland examines the increases water quality, resists invasive plant species, and importance of soil legacy and soil conditioning in restor- is pleasing to the eye. ing California plantain populations. Taylor and colleagues In this special issue of Ecological Restoration, we have demonstrate that low-cost grazing, herbicide, and seeding compiled a series of perspectives, reviews, research, and treatments increase native perennial grasses over exotic design articles to address the status, challenges, and suc- grasses. Finally, we feature an extensive design project by cess of grassland restoration in the United States. We start Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects that incorporates this issue with a series of perspectives from individuals in restoration and monitoring into the transformation of a academic, private, and public organizations involved in former agricultural landscape. grassland restoration. These authors cover topics spanning All of these pieces further the science and practice of invasion resistance (Yurkonis), coupling habitat restora- restoration ecology to enhance the diversity and ecologi- tion with biofuel production (Burkhalter), native seed cal function of our much damaged grasslands. Ecological production (Kedzierski, Miller), and the importance of Restoration hopes that by communicating these findings communication between scientists and practitioners to to you, this special issue will help bridge the gap between enhance restoration success (Dickens and Suding). This is science and practice, advancing your efforts. Thank you followed by a series of restoration notes and articles that for reading. experimentally test the practice and theory of restoration ecology. Rayburn and Laca review the practice of strip- Myla F.J. Aronson, Managing Editor seeding in grassland restoration. Goldblum and colleagues, USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950. Manual of the grasses of the United States. Washington, DC.: USDA Miscellaneous Publication No. 200. June 2013 ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION 31:2 • 119

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Ecological RestorationUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Jun 13, 2013

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