Tools for evaluating sustainability of restoration

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Single-objective tools


Multi-objective tools



The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Wetland Restoration Assessment Model (WRAM) Restoration Sustainability Tool:1 This tool prioritized the sustainability of restoration of National Wetland Inventory (NWI) wetlands by scoring wetland sites higher for restoration sustainability where they were located in unfragmented landscapes, were located within conservation management areas, and had a lower HUMAN2 score. Sites with lower restoration sustainability scores are less likely to be sustainable over the long-term (e.g., those near urban areas), while those scoring higher are more likely to retain improvements in function (e.g., those located within conservation areas).

Factor used in analysis

Data source(s)

Percent of site located within unfragmented landscape

NHFG WAP unfragmented blocks classification

Magnitude of the site's HUMAN2 score

NHFG WAP peatlands, marshed250, and floodplain500 classifications; NH GRANIT

Location within a conservation management area

Conservation/public lands database M-Status (1-3A) attribute

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1Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. 2009. Merrimack River Watershed Restoration Strategy. Prepared for New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.