It is important to carefully monitor populations of conservation concern, both during and after restoration, so the impacts of the management can be evaluated. Consistent long-term population monitoring requires, at the least, continual assessment of numbers and distribution, and if possible also of productivity and survival.
These various components of species restoration may seem self-evident, but a surprisingly large number of restoration projects have proceeded without a clear and coherent knowledge of the problems and a plan of how to address them. Often the ultimate goal is clear but the intermediate steps are less evident. A clear step-by-step approach to species conservation allows managers to plan the work as a series of short-term achievable goals, where the roles of managers, technicians, consultants, and scientists can be clearly defined.
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