Putting It Back Together: Making Ecosystem Restoration Work

This review explores 6 major restoration efforts nationally and distills lessons to guide future initiatives—specifically the effort to restore the San Francisco Bay-Delta ecosystem. In crafting major legislation for the Bay-Delta and elsewhere, we should examine what has gone right, and what has worked less well, in other ecosystem management initiatives around the country. The last few years have seen a flurry of new, often creative solutions to restoration problems; however, the jury is still out on these more recent efforts.