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Community Restoration

Sustainable Solutions

Ecosystems face increased challenges — both directly and indirectly from climate change and the built environment. University of Michigan experts are on the cutting edge, developing strategies to conserve or restore natural habitats, and manage fisheries, estuaries, forests, and other resources sustainably so that we can preserve those environments and ecosystems for a long time to come. Key to this effort are experts at Forests & Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Engagement (FLARE), the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative, and the University of Michigan Biological Station.

News and Impact

arid land near a lake
Global network takes stock of human adaptation to climate change
Intravenous tubing collected by the Clinical Nursing Center during its waste reduction and materials reuse efforts. (Photo courtesy of School of Nursing’s Clinical Learning Center)
Nursing center eyes reusing simulated learning materials
Federal funding extends Great Lakes climate adaptation research and engagement at U-M, MSU
Wildfires, communities and climate change
Alley cleanup in the west McNichols area. Pictured (left to right): Amina Mikula, UM-Dearborn student, Robert Turner, resident, Anne Peeples, resident, Solomon Draus, UD-Jesuit student, Charles “Chuck” Rivers, resident and president of the Neighborhood Association, Peyton Lynch, UM-Dearborn student, and Jacques Jones, UM-Dearborn student. Image courtesy: Paul Draus
Community brings a fresh spin to Detroit alleyways
a family overlooking a scenic landscape
Environmental actions are motivated by personal experiences
Hiker on Appalachian Trail in Maine (Credit: Jonathan A. Mauer/Shutterstock)
D’Anieri’s new book explores the history of the Appalachian Trail
The GPS collar on this tiger in Nepal’s Parsa National Park will help scientists understand how the tiger behaves near and away from roads. Neil Carter, CC BY-ND
GPS tracking could help tigers and traffic coexist in Asia
Shelie Miller
Busting environmental myths
sandcastles with waves in the background
Great Lakes Water Levels
diagram demonstrating the different analysis areas of the president's commission on carbon neutrality
U-M carbon neutrality commission submits final recommendations
The commission is inviting U-M students, staff, faculty and community members to review proposed recommendations and submit feedback and ideas by Jan. 22, 2021, via an online public comment portal.
Carbon neutrality commission releases draft recommendations
In recent years, urine recycling has been studied as a way to produce renewable fertilizers while reducing the amount of energy and chemicals needed to treat wastewater.
‘Peecycling’ payoff: Urine diversion shows multiple environmental benefits when used at city scale
Best Practices for Reducing Human-Wildlife Conflict
Best practices for reducing human-wildlife conflict
Forest restoration opportunity areas in the tropics. (a) Forest restoration opportunity areas by estimated carbon removal, 2020 to 2050, under a scenario in which a moderate carbon tax is implemented to promote forest restoration. (b) Forest restoration opportunity areas by population density. (c) Forest restoration opportunity areas by country-level income categories. Image credit: Erbaugh et al. in Nature Ecology & Evolution 2020
Global forest restoration and the importance of empowering local communities
Ann Arbor Natural Area in mid summer
What's in a word: preservation, restoration, conservation
The mangrove-lined estuary on Abaco Island in the Bahamas where University of Michigan marine ecologist Jacob Allgeier and his colleagues used radio-tracked tropical fish to study the importance of highly active individuals in maintaining ecosystem health. Image credit Craig Layman
Super-urinators among the mangroves: Excretory gifts from estuary’s busiest fish promote ecosystem health
Harper Preserve in Argentine Township, located 45 miles northwest of Ann Arbor, is managed by the School for Environment and Sustainability and is among the lands being evaluated by the biosequestration internal analysis team of President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality. (Photo courtesy of SEAS)
Research group evaluating biosequestration potential on U-M lands
In this July 2018 photo, U-M doctoral student Zachary Hajian-Forooshani and U-M ecologist John Vandermeer survey a Puerto Rican coffee farm damaged less than a year earlier by Hurricane Maria. Image credit: Levi Stroud, U-M College of LSA
Can a tiny invasive snail help save Latin American coffee?
U-M researchers and their colleagues walk past a stack of bigtooth aspen logs cut as part of the UMBS Adaptive Aspen Management Experiment at the U-M Biological Station, near the northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Image credit: Roger Hart, University of Michigan Photography
U-M researchers testing ways to make aspen-dominated forests resilient to climate change
A female orangutan sits with her infant. Credit: HUTAN Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Project
Understanding the orangutan: New hope for conservation