Optimal restoration of altered habitats

Mark Lethbridge, Michael Westphal, Hugh Possingham, Megan Harper, Nicholas Souter, Nicole Anderson

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    We describe a new conservation decision support tool: 'Optimal Restoration of Altered Habitats' (OPRAH). OPRAH combines species landscape configuration preferences and habitat quality information to optimally select habitat restoration priorities for single or multiple species. OPRAH uses a simulated annealing algorithm and information about extant native vegetation, land use and rehabilitation costs, to find solutions to non-linear landscape-scale problems. The landscape is divided into planning units, some of which represent native vegetation, while others can be restored for a given budget. A habitat restoration problem for declining woodland bird species is demonstrated as a case study.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)737-746
    Number of pages10
    JournalEnvironmental Modelling and Software
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


    • Conservation planning
    • Habitat quality
    • Landscape metrics
    • Optimization
    • Restoration

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    Lethbridge, M., Westphal, M., Possingham, H., Harper, M., Souter, N., & Anderson, N. (2010). Optimal restoration of altered habitats. Environmental Modelling and Software, 25(6), 737-746. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2009.11.013