Restoring Ecosystems: Results

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Restoring Ecosystems: Results

Highlights of progress through December 2010


Strategy: Promote coordinated, effective, science-based restoration and monitoring in Marin County

Under grants that MCF has made within this Community Grant area, a total of 1,953 conservation staff, land managers, and volunteers reported having increased knowledge of restoration and monitoring techniques, and a total of 80 coordinated restoration and monitoring plans have been completed.

A focus of this work has been to ensure that practitioners and volunteers use best management practices in their restoration efforts. While the original objective was to develop new practices, it became apparent that there was a greater need for compiling existing ones in a summarized form, sharing highlights, and disseminating the sources to restoration planners and practitioners.

By far the most promising aspect of this cohort of grantees is the level of sophistication and expertise being developed for the hundreds of staff and volunteers undertaking impactful restoration in Marin County. The largest constituent of those educated and trained in the best practices of ecosystem restoration and monitoring has been the large pool of volunteers, from middle school students to older adults. MCF grantees are increasingly partnering to provide education and training for existing and prospective restoration practitioners.

Restoration practitioners, including volunteers, have learned valuable skills and were inspired to continue their work for the long term.

Over the last three years, there has been a noticeable increase in support and adoption of restoration and best practices by private landowners. This receptivity is largely due to word-of-mouth of landowners who have participated and seen the on-farm and ecological benefits of restoration programs funded under these efforts. MCF grantees have been more successful at identifying and communicating the economic and ecological benefits of their programs, in part due to more effective evaluation and real-time monitoring of their projects. Moreover, MCF grantees have nurtured relationships with landowners and regulatory agencies, allowing them to innovate in their strategies and approaches to restoration.

By the numbers:

Area of Measurement For period 7/09-12/10 Goal of Five-Year Plan
Number of conservation staff, land managers, and volunteers reporting increased knowledge of restoration and monitoring techniques 1,953 1,750
Number of restoration plans developed 80 25



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