Building synergies to leverage the power
of ecological restoration

About the Ecological Health Network

We live in a world of possibilities. Ecological restoration projects exist worldwide in which people are doing heroic work to bring ecosystems back to health. But there is little connection among these sites. The Ecological Health Network is changing that. We work at the intersection of human health & well-being and ecological restoration, where there are answers to some of the most urgent crises of our time.

Strengthening seed and plant supply chains in the US Northeast

Ecological restoration remains constrained by chronic commercial shortages of genetically appropriate, viable seeds and plant material of known provenance for most native plant species. EHN is reinforcing and building network connections among private, public, and non-profit stakeholders to help strengthen the US Northeast’s native seed and plant supply chain. As a result of these efforts we have helped establish the Northeast Seed Supply Network. This is a first step in ensuring that seed and plant materials are and remain widely accessible to meet the region’s burgeoning restoration goals.

Eve Allen is the Director of the Seed and Plant Supply Chain Program at EHN. Check out Eve's August 2022 interview on the Native Plants, Healthy Planet podcast about the Ecological Health Network and her drone footage of Pinelands Nursery's native seed and plant production in New Jersey. Listen to the Native Plant Trust’s November 2022 Need for Seed Symposium where Eve presented about why it is important to adopt a network approach when strengthening seed and plant material supply chains. Learn more about the Seed and Plant Supply Chain Program here.

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Network Hubs, Sites, and Regional Networks

Learn about our Network Hubs, Sites, and Regional Networks.

Publications

Araujo, M. E., & Pérez, D. R. (2023). From seed germination to established seedlings: A comparative evaluation in five shrub species and implications for seed based restoration in arid lands. Restoration Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.13862. Daniel Pérez is working with an EHN site in Caviahue, Argentina (Northwest Patagonia), in the Araucaria araucana xeric forest.

 

Robinson, J. M.; Aronson, J.; Daniels, C. B.; Goodwin, N.; Liddicoat, C.; Orlando, L.; Phillips, D.; Stanhope, J.; Weinstein, P.; Cross, A. T.; Breed, M. F. Ecosystem Restoration Is Integral to Humanity's Recovery from Covid-19. The Lancet Planetary Health 2022, 6 (9)

 

Orlando LF, DePinto AJ, Wallace KJ. Ecohealth Villages: A Framework for an Ecosystem Approach to Health in Human SettlementsSustainability. 2022; 14(12):7053

 

James Aronson, Neva Goodwin, Adam Cross, and Laura Orlando, "Focus on Ecosystem Health," contribution to GTI Forum "Conservation at the Crossroads," Great Transition Initiative (May 2022)

 

 

 

News & Press

EHN's Program Director Eve Allen is presenting Sources and Solutions: Essential Native Plant Partnerships at the March 13, 2023 Native Plant Center's virtual conference. Presenters, times (USA Eastern Time), topics, and how to sign up here.

“We planted a forest!” – The mental health benefits of ecological restoration: a pilot study, Suzanne Hicks, Natural History of Ecological Restoration, October 21, 2022

EHN Workshop convened by James Aronson at the SER European Conference, Alicante, Spain, September 5 - 9, 2022: Ecosystem health, ecological restoration, and human health: let’s identify and strengthen the linkages. Read the abstract.