Best Management Practices for the Puget Sound lowlands
This how-to practitioner guide is a set of best management practices(BMPs) for native pollinator habitat restoration in the Puget Sound region. It is geared towards planners, land managers, restoration practitioners, farmers, gardeners, orchardists, teachers, students, and homeowners. It may be used as an educational tool for elected officials,or as a technical resource for citation in official documents, such as grant proposals.
A survey of 49 local restoration ecologists and practitioners informed the direction and contents of this guide. Part 1 provides general information about pollinators and their habitat. Parts 2-4 walk the practitioner through site level restoration considerations. Part 5 provides policy recommendations for municipalities and land managers, as well as BMPs by habitat type. Part 6 includes suggested plant lists. This guide is not comprehensive practitioners should do further investigation of each BMP for context, as it relates to their specific site.
This guide is based on the ‘set the table’ concept that by actively restoring the physical structures and plant communities of an ecosystem, species diversity, network resilience, and network function can follow (Kaiser-Bunbury et al. 2017).