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Restoration Species Manual for the Pacific Northwest

Author(s): Polster, David (Polster Environmental)
Subject: Forestry
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


Information on about 225 species that can be used for restoration is presented in the Restoration Species Manual* for the Pacific Northwest. The manual presents current information on the nomenclature of the species, a brief description of the distribution and origin of the species as well as information on the growth form and reproduction of the species. Each citation lists the ecological setting for the species and the tolerances and preferences for each species including soil texture, nutrient status, soil reaction and salinity, moisture regime preferences, shade tolerance, mowing / grazing tolerance, disease and pest tolerance and response to fire. Considerations for restoration including the successional status, erosion control and soil building characteristics, wildlife and riparian use, ethnobotanical considerations, availability, establishment techniques, commercial value and the current status of the species for restoration are presented for each species. A summary of the important features of each species along with a sketch of the plant and a range map are provided on the first page of the species citation.
The introduction to the Restoration Species Manual presents an overview of restoration processes and the roles of different groups of species in restoration programs. References are provided for key statements so that those that wish can go back into the literature for additional information that may be of interest to them. It is expected that the manual will form a valuable tool for those engaged in restoration projects. Work on the manual has been ongoing since 1996.

For further information, please contact David Polster, Polster Environmental

Updated September 08, 2005 

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