Point Blue Conservation Science supports the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030. Learn more here.

We work with local communities and public and private partners to increase the pace and scale of climate-smart restoration. To achieve this, we combine our expertise in restoration, conservation science, monitoring, and high-performance partnering.

Worldwide, habitat loss is the number one cause of extinction and the loss of the services nature provides. In California, more than 90% of all wetlands and riparian areas have been completely destroyed and what remains is highly degraded. Accelerating climate and land-use change adds additional stress to our already imperiled environment. Climate-smart restoration can repair the damage of habitat loss and maintain ecosystem resilience in a changing climate.

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Tom Gardali

Email: tgardali@pointblue.org

Director, Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group


What is Climate-Smart Restoration?

At Point Blue, we define climate-smart restoration as the process of enhancing ecological function of degraded or destroyed areas in a manner that prepares them for the consequences of climate change.

We restore biodiversity, ecosystem function, and water quality to prepare our watersheds for climate change.

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Laurette Rogers

Email: lrogers@pointblue.org

STRAW Founder and Ambassador

Communities Restoring for the Future

Point Blue’s STRAW Program is combating climate change with every restoration project it takes on. STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed) coordinates and sustains a network of teachers, students, restoration specialists, and community members to plan and implement professional watershed restoration.

STRAW empowers communities to heal the land, revitalize habitats, generate cleaner water, sequester carbon, empower children, and inspire the next generation of conservation leaders.

Please reach out to us to become a STRAW restoration partner or if you are a teacher who would like to learn how to join our network.


Watch a short video about the STRAW Program.

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As of 2018, STRAW has collaborated with 45,000 students to restore 36 miles of stream using over 46,000 plants. In addition to the water quality and wildlife benefits that STRAW projects provide, a single mile of restored stream sequesters over 65 tons of carbon.

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Tom Gardali

Email: tgardali@pointblue.org

Director, Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group

Guiding Restoration

We use several approaches to help our partners restore ecosystems in a way that prepares them for the consequences of climate change. Our main approach centers around information sharing – we hold workshops, give presentations, produce peer-reviewed science, and create freely available tools.

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Tom Gardali

Email: tgardali@pointblue.org

Director, Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group

Targeted Restoration Partnerships

Point Blue works in partnership to restore important ecosystems in California, such as Sierra meadows, tidal marshes, and Central Valley rivers.

Restoring Sierra Meadows

Meadows comprise less than one percent of Sierra Nevada lands and yet they provide extraordinary benefits to innumerable birds, other wildlife, fish, and people. We are working with the Sierra Meadows Partnership to restore and protect 30,000 acres of meadows.

Sierra Meadows Partnership website

Contact Ryan Burnett for further inquiries

Restoring Tidal Marshes

Point Blue provides the science to prioritize where to conduct restoration projects to meet multiple goals. We offer expert recommendations based on a robust history of San Francisco Bay tidal marsh and waterbird monitoring dating back to the 1980's.

Contact Julian Wood for further inquiries

Restoring Central Valley Rivers

Rivers provides a plethora of resources and functions for both wildlife and human communities. For wildlife, abundant food, shelter, and nesting areas. For people, clean water, carbon sequestration, flood buffer, a source for crop pollinators, and erosion control.

Contact Tom Gardali for further inquiries

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Kristy Dybala, Ph.D.

Email: kdybala@pointblue.org

Senior Research Ecologist

Science Driven

Ecological restoration is a relatively new discipline, and Climate-smart restoration is an even newer concept. As such, science is critical to inform and improve restoration strategies. We believe restoration actions will be successful if they are based on sound science. Our scientists are working to (1) provide answers to key uncertainties, (2) develop tools to access important information, and (3) help evaluate effectiveness.

Please reach out and work with us! We collaborate and consult on Climate-smart restoration in California and beyond.

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