Restoration projects aim to restore, enhance, or protect critical habitats for endangered and endemic plant and wildlife species. These projects are often funded through significant financial investments by multiple stakeholders, and also provide valuable ecosystem services through green infrastructure establishment. The successful implementation of a restoration project is a complex combination of design, biology, and construction, and performance criteria monitoring provides project managers and regulators with a way to determine the efficacy of the restoration effort. Failure to meet performance criteria can have regulatory consequences and can even hinder long term restoration success if they fail to properly identify issues which pose threats to restored habitats. With the advent of new technologies such as drones/UAVs and advanced remote sensing analysis, WRA has recognized an opportunity to reevaluate traditional monitoring methods by adopting a hybrid approach combining field biology with technology and high quality data. This integrative approach allows numerous combined methods for monitoring, such as UAV data capture, focused field spot checking, and desktop GIS analysis to build a positive synergy in the monitoring process. This results in a higher quality, more efficient process that serves a greater role than just determining if restoration performance criteria are being met or not, and ultimately provides more value to the restoration project stakeholders.
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