Ecosystem services are the tangible benefits natural systems provide to humans. Increasingly, the ecosystem services concept has been recognized for its value in the decision-making process. This is true at geographic scales ranging from small villages to entire continents. Defining the ecosystem services provided by a region necessarily involves both human values and the collection of scientific data.
Human prosperity relies on functioning ecosystem processes. Large carnivores play an integral role in their human and natural surrounding; integrative conservation strategies are warranted to ensure their persistence.
Scientists examine how riparian restoration projects influence amphibian and reptile species and suggest several methods that natural resource managers can use to improve river rehabilitation projects.