Have wet meadow restoration projects in the Southwestern U.S. been effective in restoring geomorphology, hydrology, soils, and plant species composition?

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Category: Ecological Research

Title: Have Wet Meadow Restoration Projects in the Southwestern U.S. Been Effective in Restoring Geomorphology, Hydrology, Soils, and Plant Species Composition

Author: Ramstead, K., Allen, J.A., Springer, A.E.

Subject: Riparian

Abstract: Wet meadows occur in numerous locations throughout the American Southwest, but in many cases have become heavily degraded. Among other things they have frequently been overgrazed and have had roads built through them, which have affected the hydrology of these wetland ecosystems. Because of the important hydrologic and ecological functions they are believed to perform, there is currently significant interest in wet meadow restoration. Several restoration projects have been completed recently or are underway in the region, sometimes at considerable expense and with minimal monitoring. The objective of this review was to evaluate the effects of wet meadow restoration projects in the southwestern United States on geomorphology, hydrology, soils and plant species composition. A secondary objective was to determine the effects of west meadow restoration projects on wildlife.

Date: 2012

Type: Systematic Review - Final

Source: Environmental Evidence

Identifier: 1:11

Publisher: BioMed Central

Format: PDF

Language: English