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Current Issues in Tidal Marsh Restoration

John C. Callaway and V. Thomas Parker

in Ecology, Conservation, and Restoration of Tidal Marshes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780520274297
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780520954014 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520274297.003.0018
Current Issues in Tidal Marsh Restoration

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Approaches for tidal-marsh restoration in San Francisco Bay and Delta continue to evolve, with a focus on promoting the natural development of restored marshes. Allowing for natural marsh development enhances the physical and biological heterogeneity of restored marshes, including tidal-channel formation. The scope of restoration efforts within the bay and delta has increased substantially over the last few decades, with large-scale, regional efforts replacing smaller-scale, mitigation-based restoration. There has also been a growing focus on the restoration of brackish and freshwater tidal marshes, rather than just salt-marsh restoration. Finally, climate change has become a major consideration for current and future bay and delta restoration; major restoration concerns for climate change include evaluating its impact on marsh migration and connectivity, carbon sequestration, and invasive species.

Keywords: adaptive management; carbon sequestration; climate change; invasive species; marsh migration; mitigation; regional restoration planning; spatial heterogeneity

Chapter.  6877 words. 

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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