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Bartel Grassland Restoration (US)
It would be fair to say that Bartel grassland bird habitat restoration has met its goals. Removing hedgerows opened up the grassland, which brought back the short-eared owls in winter and increased numbers of nesting grassland birds in summer.  Removing drain tiles restored the natural water patterns for flocks of migrating snipe and others.

A Short History of the West African Pilot Pastoral Program: 1993 – 2002
As Sahelian grasslands of West Africa dry and burn and their rain-filled pools yield to dust in the dry months, the ribs of cattle begin to show. Prices fall up country, and merchants cull the markets for animals still fit enough to survive a final journey to the cities of the coast. And in tents and thatched villages across a 3,000 mile slice of Africa people of every caste and ethnicity eye the desiccating landscape and gauge the days left until their own animals must move or starve . . . or until someone else’s starving animals move into their lands.

Grassland Restoration at the Victorian Open Range Zoo (Australia)
Native grassland restoration is an area in which we still have much to learn. Even putting back monocultures of native grass is fraught with failure as weeds wage an unforgiving battle for resources. Back in 1998 up to 60,000 native plants, grown from local indigenous seed, were planted as a beginning. Of those around 50% were propagated at the zoo itself with the assistance of the Friends of the Zoo.

Coastal Sage Scrub and Grassland Restoration, California
The removal of exotic weeds and plants to allow for the revegetation of native vegetation within the Crystal Cove State park. The removal techniques will include cutting, burning, and application of hervicides. The following exotic weeds will be targeted: Wild oats, black Mustard, Soft Shess, Yellow Star thistle, artichoke thistle, fennel, castor bean, cocklebur.

Temperate Grassland Restoration in Argentina
Rehabilitation is supplementary or an alternative for conservation of these ecosystems; since fragments are increasingly less abundant and patches in good conservation status are increasingly scarce. Following the creation of the Otamendi Natural Reserve; cattle was fully kept away from the area and a fire suppression policy was adopted. As a result; in a period of about ten years this temperate savanna “closure” was invaded by Dipsacus fullonum; thus becoming a teasel field (”cardal”).

The Upper Thames Project (UK)
WildCRU has recently launched an exciting new initiative to restore wildlife species and their habitats across farmland. We believe that this is best achieved through a landscape approach that aims to link local populations, by enhancing the connectivity of habitat across neighbouring farms, rather than by working at single sites and in isolation. This will ensure the delivery of best practice, improved habitat management, enhancement and creation at a landscape scale. Conservation advice and activity at any one farm will consider not only the species and habitats found on that farm but also the context of the farm in relation to species and habitats on neighbouring farms and areas of wildlife importance (County Wildlife Sites and Nature Reserves).

Native Grasslands Seed Storage Unit (New Jersey)
Tall open grasslands made up of native plants, also called warm season grasslands, are important habitat for rare bird species such as grasshopper sparrows, bobolinks, northern harriers, upland sandpipers and rare butterflies such as frosted elfin and arogos skipper.   All of these species are declining in New Jersey because grassland habitat is being lost at an alarming rate, from nearly 1 million acres in 1972 to less than 850,000 acres in 2001, based on the latest available state data. And in just a six-year period – from 1995 to 2001 – nearly 26,000 acres of agricultural lands were lost to development.

Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge
The project will restore 70 acres of upland by removing 70 acres of asphalt runways and reseeding the area with native grasses. The wetland restoration component will restore 40 acres of wetlands through phragmites control, and restoring natural hydrologic patterns. The project will also redirect the current trail system and create a 3 mile barrier-free interpretive trail.

Restoration of Wet and Dry Meadows (Europe)
Eurosite’s workshop aimed to look at good practice examples from around Europe on the re-creation of both dry and wet grasslands using seed sources of local provenance and the associated management needed for re-establishment. Through sharing information on good practices it was hoped to improve participants’ understanding of the issues and practices concerned.

Waldo North: A Grasslands Restoration Pilot Project
The Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society (Trench Society) was established to provide a vehicle for public stakeholder organizations to pursue ecosystem-based restoration on the dry forests and grasslands on Crown land in the Rocky Mountain Trench of southeastern British Columbia (the East Kootenay).

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