Restoration ecologists seek to protect the environment
Restoration activities have traditionally focused on improving or rehabilitating natural habitats in parks and conservation areas. Today, there is an emerging emphasis on brownfields, cleaning up polluted areas, and addressing overuse of natural landscapes.
In March, Clemson’s Restoration Institute hosted the annual symposium for the Society for Ecological Restoration Coastal Plain chapter. Presentations focused on ways to initiate new restoration projects and to prevent environmental degradation through dialog with community members and developers. Clemson scientists presented methods to restore degraded habitats by improving indigenous vegetation and attracting wildlife.
Gene Eidson, Clemson restoration ecology director, said, “A team approach and long term vision can be very effective in protecting local habitats and restoring biochemically damaged areas.”