1. NatureServe
    Senior Ecologist & Conservation Methods Coordinator
    (703) 908-1816

    Don Faber-Langendoen is Senior Ecologist and Conservation Methods Coordinator for NatureServe. He works closely with the NatureServe Network across North America and partners in Latin America to advance NatureServe’s mission of management and conservation of at-risk species and ecosystems. He has collaborated with state, federal agency, and international partners on standardized methods for classifying the diversity of ecosystems (through the International Vegetation Classification), and assessing their conservation status and ecological integrity. He serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Ecological Society of America’s USNVC Peer Review Board and co-chairs the CNVC Committee. He has assisted the Network on projects from Great Lakes marsh restoration to forest and wetland surveys, U.S. National Park vegetation mapping, and mangrove management. Prior to his work with NatureServe, Don conducted research in tallgrass prairies and oak savannas, and tropical forests in Colombia and Madagascar. He lives in Syracuse, New York.

  1. NatureServe
    Program Manager
    (703) 797-4811

    Shara Howie is currently a Sector Relations Manager for NatureServe’s Conservation Services Division and works out of the Boulder, Colorado office of NatureServe. Shara has over 12 years of experience supporting the development and maintenance of conservation data and data management systems. She has years of experience as a program manager supplying U.S. and Canadian federal agencies and other organizations with conservation data, analyses and other conservation services in collaboration with NatureServe’s international network of member programs (Natural Heritage Programs). Shara is also the sector relations manager for the transportation sector, and works as a liaison to The Nature Conservancy. Before joining NatureServe in 2001, Shara worked for The Nature Conservancy’s Science Division for 10 years and, prior to that, at the Smithsonian’s Botany Department for 3 years. Shara has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from George Mason University.


Restoration, Mitigation and Compliance

Effective restoration and mitigation activities reestablish healthy, functioning ecosystems. But what do “healthy” and “functioning” really mean? 

Volunteers and staff with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources remove water chestnut (Trapa natans) from the Sassafras River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Photo by the Chesapeake Bay Program.

NatureServe guides restoration and mitigation projects by helping our partners identify the best areas for mitigation and restoration; the right species composition and ecosystem functions that need to be reestablished; and the appropriate methods for assessing the condition of restored ecosystems and measuring success. Our science-driven approach helps make every dollar and hour spent on mitigation and restoration count.

  1. Ecological Integrity Assessment - Wetlands

  2. Wetland Mitigation – Ecological Performance Standards

  3. Integrated Ecological Framework

  4. Willapa National Wildlife Refuge: Vegetation Mapping and Ecological Integrity Assessment

  5. Continent-Scale Landscape Conservation Design for Temperate Grasslands of the Great Plains and Chihuahuan Desert

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