Earth Repair: A Transatlantic History of Environmental Restoration (2005), by Hall, clarifies different meanings of restoration, shows how such meanings have changed through time and place, and suggests how restorationists can apply these insights to their own practices.

The Sunflower Forest: Ecological Restoration and the New Communion with Nature (2003), by Jordan, explores the promise of restoration, both as a way of reversing environmental damage and as a context for negotiating our relationship with nature.

Nature by Design: People, Natural Process and Ecological Restoration (2003), by Higgs, explains how and why the restoration movement came about, where it fits into the array of approaches to human relationships with the land, and how it might be used to secure a sustainable future.

First Ecology: Ecological Principles and Environmental Issues (2003) by Beeby and Brennan, is a textbook that assumes little background knowledge making it accessible to first year biologists or students taking ecology as an optional module.

Ecological Engineering and Ecosystem Restoration (2003), by Mitsch and Jorgensen, presents the basic information needed to select and design ecological solutions including ecosystem models that are applied to design, manage, and modify ecosystems.

Wildlife Restoration (2002), by Morrison, links restoration ecology and wildlife management in an accessible and comprehensive guide to restoring wildlife and the habitats upon which they depend.

The Handbook of Ecological Restoration (2002), edited by Perrow and Davy, provides a comprehensive account of the rapidly emerging and vibrant science of the ecological restoration of both habitats and species.

The Historical Ecology Handbook (2001), edited by Eagan and Howell, makes essential connections between past and future ecosystems, bringing together leading experts to offer a much-needed introduction to the field of historical ecology.

Restoring Nature: Perspectives from the Social Sciences and Humanities (2000), edited by Gobster and Hull, uses diverse examples from projects across the U.S. to suggest ways in which restoration conflicts might be resolved, and provides examples of stewardship that show how volunteers and local residents can help make and maintain restored environments.

Habitat Creation and Repair (1999), by Gilbert and Anderson, is the definitive guide to habitat creation and repair, and includes discussions of ethics, theory, and general principles, along with the practical details of designing habitats for wildlife.

Damaged Ecosystems and Restoration (1998), by Rana, provides first hand information for biologists, environmental scientists, engineers, wastewater treatment experts, microbiologists and all those interested in the conservation and management of the environment.

Restoring Diversity: Strategies for Reintroduction of Endangered Plants (1996), edited by Falk et al, is a pathbreaking work that not only unifies concepts in the field of restoration, but also fills significant technical and policy gaps.

Helping Nature Heal: An Introduction to Environmental Restoration (1991), edited by Nilsen, is a good perhaps dated introductory look at restoration published by the Whole Earth Catalogue with a foreward by Barry Lopez.

Environmental Restoration (1990), edited by Berger, is the result of the University Of California at Berkeley’s four-day, ground-breaking conference on ecological restoration with an overview from the nation’s leading experts of the most current techniques of restoration.

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