Performance standards for wetland restoration projects
(posted to the Ramsar Forum, 6 April 2004)
During the Society of Wetlands Scientists (SWS) conference in Seattle, Washington, 18-23 July 2004, we will be holding a workshop on wetland restoration performance standards. The Ramsar Convention and others have recognized the importance of setting and tracking performance standards for restoration projects, but best practices regarding performance standards remain, at best, ill defined.
In preparation for this workshop, I am looking for examples of performance standards that have been proposed or used on actual wetland restoration projects. Prior to the workshop, I intend to prepare a workshop manual that will include examples of performance standards used on proposed or actual projects. I am soliciting examples of performance standards used on proposed or actual restoration projects that can be included in the workshop manual.
By performance standards, I mean observable or measurable wetland attributes, such as specific plant cover or diversity, specific hyrdrological characteristics, specific fish or invertebrate populations, etc.--that is, attributes that can be used to demonstrate that the restoration project meets pre-established success criteria.
Many thanks for any examples or comments that you can send me. Examples from peer-reviewed publications are especially welcome, as are verbatim examples from permits, project plans, letters of agreement, memoranda of understanding, etc. However, general comments are also welcome.
Please respond directly to me at Billstrvr@aol.com. Anyone who provides relevant examples will be included in the workshop manual mailing list whether or not they are attending the SWS workshop. I will also post a summary to this forum if there appears to be general interest.
Please forward this to other wetland professionals and interested parties.
Many thanks. --Bill Streever
"A thousand policemen directing the traffic / Cannot tell you why you come or where you go." --T.S. Eliot
Bill Streever, Ph.D.
4311 Edinburgh Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99515
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