Successful restoration of bottomland hardwood forests and associated aquatic systems will enhance wildlife habitat, especially for Neotropical migratory songbirds but also for raptors and waterfowl. Restored riparian areas and streams will enhance aquatic diversity, restore ecological function, and provide increased opportunity for fishing, hunting, and recreation.
Measurement Focus of the research portions of project. Working with Business Council for Sustainable Development to develop a rapid assessment method for determining the sustainability of restoration projects.
Measure and document benefits in terms of water quality improvement, carbon sequestration, and wildlife habitat enhancement in small scale research and demonstration project
Extrapolate benefits over the LMAV at landscape scale
Detailed work plans will be developed for all aspects of the project and our ability to meet the time frame set by the work plans will be one measure of success. Evaluations will be made of all presentations made to user groups, in order to continuously improve the content and delivery system. Focus groups will be used to hone presentations, publications, and television spots prior to delivery. Numbers of contacts with users, numbers of users who implement the technology, and total acres implemented will be assessed. Based upon implementation rates, returns to users and environmental benefits secured by implementation of the technology will be projected.