The goal of ecological restoration is to create the right conditions for natural plant and animal communities to rebuild themselves.
The ecological restoration work at Panshet Dam was initiated in 1986 to bring back vegetation cover that was lost during construction. You’ll help continue this effort by working on a number of ecological restoration tasks.
You’ll build fencing to keep humans and livestock away from the restored areas. You’ll also work on contour trenching and stone lining, which help in soil conservation. Gully plugging, another technique used for soil and water conservation, involves placing stones across valleys to slow the flow of water. Pruning back exotic species—those that are not native to the landscape and grow unhindered due to a lack of their natural predators—will give native plants an opening to reestablish themselves. You’ll also help replant some of these native species, which help secure the soil and recreate the relationships that facilitate pollination and seed dispersal, and support other life forms.
And you’ll contribute to the future: you’ll help map the physical and biological properties of restoration site to enable understanding of the physical and biotic elements of the landscape, which will help shape plans for restoration to come.