Habitat restoration is the manipulation of the physical, chemical, or biological characteristics of a site to return it to its native state. This is a relatively new concept, not becoming a practice until the early 1900s.
A significant part of habitat restoration is reestablishing native species and wildlife. Development and other disturbances in the environment can negatively affect the pattern of an ecosystem's plants and animals.
One way to manipulate the environment to restore the habitat is a process called bedding which we use in wetlands. The planting surface is raised to keep seedlings out of the water, which increases the survival and growth of the new plants. Rich organic soil is used to provide a high level of nutrients to the plants.
Another way to help restore a habitat is prescribed burning; it is a safe and effective way to clear land to encourage the return of native plants and animals. Removing unwanted structures and debris are also effective ways to clear land with the ultimate goal of returning the area to its native landscape.
For unwanted vegetation, forest herbicide application is an excellent option in many cases for invasive plant control. PHS also has equipment operators that can perform heavy forestry mowing, mulching, and roller drum chopping to help combat invasive plants.
Habitat restoration provides everything needed to create and maintain high-quality environments. The well-planned design offers a home for birds and animals dependent on the wetlands for survival.
Land stewardship is doing the best you can for your land— reforestation is a part of that ethic. Trees are grown, cared for, and harvested to fill demands for lumber and other products. Air, water, and soil conservation are managed and practiced at the same time.
Keeping your land in pristine condition can be difficult; there are plenty of variables that make maintaining property a challenge which is when reforestation comes in.
Reforestation promotes forest sustainability through revegetating disturbed or barren ground or replanting after harvest. Fires and natural disasters such as landslides and severe winds can wipe out vegetation. Reforesting after wildfires include the practice of planting new seedlings. Disease and insects also can affect trees, which requires a knowledgeable assessment and treatment for the problem.
Environmental restoration is when you return a degraded habitat into a self-sustaining area. The final result will look like the appearance and quality of the area the year before the environment was disturbed. Specific projects are utilized to restore the habitat to improve the health of entire ecosystems.
These projects can include:
Improvement of water quality by treating runoff
Managing invasive species
Introduction of native wildlife
Removing materials from rivers, lakes, and wetlands
Current habitat restoration methods restore damaged critical natural habitats as well as environmental value. The process is continuous and dependent on efficient planning, funding, and support.
There are quite a few different approaches and technologies for environmental restoration. The situation’s requirements determine which choices to make.
Some of the different technologies we use at Promise Habitat Services are:
Computerized regulation which handles high-tech processes such as environmental control.
Computer modeling and computer-based mapping to add efficiency to restorative work.
3D printing is used to create realistic productions of certain proposed areas.
Invasive and exotic plants are among the main challenges that affect habitat management in Florida. The state’s subtropical climate allows a wide variety of non-native plants to survive. Birds drop seeds, or they arrive on ships. Individuals bring invasive plants from other areas. The result is a fight to reclaim infested acreage every year.
Healthy native plants should not have to compete for space and nutrition. Herbicides are a method of eliminating unwelcome growth, but additional treatments may be necessary to eradicate invasive plants completely.