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1. Reestablishing a habitat or plant community in an area that historically supported it.

2. Returning land to an original state or repairing damage done by human or natural disturbance.

3. The process of improving habitats

4. The recreation of communities of organisms resembling, in structure, function and dynamics, those prior to degradation, and protected from further human degradation.

5. To increase or return species, structures, and processes that are currently diminished locally, regionally, or statewide, to locations on the property that have high capability/potential for both accommodating and sustaining these currently scarce resources. It would attempt to include missing successional stages and patch sizes. Or, to simply to return forest cover to presently /deforested areas.

6. The process of restoring site conditions as they were before a land disturbance.

7. (Active) - Specific human actions taken to reestablish the natural process, vegetation, and resultant habitat of an ecosystem.

8. (Ecological) - The process of intentionally altering a site to establish a defined, indigenous, historic ecosystem. The goal of this process is to emulate the structure, function, diversity, and dynamics of the specified ecosystem.

9. (Ecological) - The process of renewing and maintaining ecosystem health.

10. (Ecological) - The process of returning an ecosystem as closely as possible to predisturbance conditions and functions. Implicit in this definition is that ecosystems are naturally dynamic; it is therefore not possible to recreate a system exactly. The restoration process reestablishes the general structure, function, and dynamic but self-sustaining behavior of the ecosystem. Restoration differs from rehabilitation in that restoration is a holistic process not achieved through the isolated manipulation of individual elements. While restoration aims to return an ecosystem to a former natural condition, rehabilitation implies putting the landscape to a new or altered use to serve a particular human purpose.

11. (Ecological) - The return of an ecosystem to a close approximation of its natural condition prior to disturbance. The goal is to emulate a natural, functioning, self-regulating system that is integrated with the ecological landscape in which it occurs. It may involve the manipulation of natural processes of ecological succession to create a self-sustaining indigenous ecosystem. The restored ecosystem should simulate the natural condition before it was damaged, or some other native ecosystem appropriate for the new conditions of the landscape. It must be stable with a minimum of human input after the initial efforts that may involve hastening the rate of plant succession, reverting to an earlier seral stage, or altering the direction of succession.

12. (Ecology) - Seeks to repair or reconstruct ecosystems damaged by human actions.

13. (Ecosystem) - Restoring and maintaining the physical, chemical, and biological conditions necessary to allow natural ecosystems to function and evolve overtime.

14. (Ecosystem) - The process of repairing damage to the diversity and dynamics of ecosystems.

15. (Ecosystem) - The process of returning ecosystems or habitats to their original structure and species composition.

16. (Ecosystem) - The repair of ecological damage to an ecosystem so that it is close to the natural condition prior to a disturbance and it can function as a normal self-regulating system. This is done through processes such as chemical cleanups, revegetation, and the reintroduction of native species.

17. (Ecosystem) - The return of an ecosystem or habitat toward: its original structure, natural complement of species, and natural functions or ecological processes.

18. (Ecosystem) - The return of an ecosystem or habitat to its original community structure, natural complement of species, and natural functions (World Resources Institute et al. 1992)

19. (Ecosystem) - The return of an ecosystem to a close approximation of its condition prior to disturbance.

20. (Forest) - A management strategy applied in degraded primary forest areas. Forest restoration aims to enhance and accelerate natural processes of forest regeneration in order to regain the elastic capacity of the forest ecosystem. ITTO 2002. FAO. 2002. Draft Analytical Framework on Forest-Related Definitions.

21. (Forest) - Assisting the recovery of forest ecosystems from a degraded state to full functioning. A key part of this definition, from the standpoint of ecological responsibility, is its limitation of people's role in most cases to assisting, rather than fixing, natural processes. Usually the least risky approach is to respect and emulate those natural processes that reestablish the composition and structures and develop the biological diversity necessary for the return or improvement of forest functioning that has been lost or degraded. In some cases, restoration will require more radical intervention by humans.

22. (Habitat) - To restore or bring back ecological integrity by actively removing invasive exotic plants, propagating native plants, and monitoring the resulting changes.

23. (Land) - The process of restoring site conditions as they were before land disturbance. Note: restoration involves restoring a site to a specific point in time.

24. (Wetland) - The processes of returning a site from a disturbed or totally altered condition to a previously existing natural or altered condition. This process requires some knowledge of the type of wetland that existed prior to modification.

25. (Wetland) - Re-establishment of previously existing wetland or other aquatic resource character and function (s) at a site where they have ceased to exist, or exist only in a substantially degraded state

26. (Wetland) - To improve a disturbed wetland by returning wetland parameters which may be missing; adding soils, water, or plants. The restoration may return a missing or damaged wetland function to achieve a desired outcome; for example, removing an agricultural crop and planting native seeds to produce wet prairie grassland.

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