The Rainforest Rescue International Ecosystem restoration programs for mangrove and rainforests systems  encourage the use of assisted natural regeneration methods for creating natural climax forests. Designing for structure and function and using the native climax forests and their plant communities as guides for the restored Analog forest systems.

In this manner climax forest species can be introduced into systems that have been long degraded, thus overcoming the time that natural regeneration will take.

 Figure: Analog foresters are guided by structure and function of natural forests and offer similar services of the climax ecology.

Figure: Analog foresters are guided by structure and function of natural forests and offer similar services of the climax ecology.

By managing local variables such as shade, soil quality and moisture levels, Analog foresters can encourage plant viability and growth.

Ecosystems are considered threatened if they are small or shrinking, if life-support systems like soil are being lost or if crucial processes such as predator-prey relationships are being disrupted. As almost all of the globes terrestrial ecosystems are under threat.

Analog forestry provides us an opportunity to fight the rising tides of extinctions and threatened systems.

 Photo: Tsunami affected Panama Lagoon Sri Lanka. A field visit with community leaders, to design Analog  forestry models for  restoration. (The dead trees in the back ground were the result of the 2004 Tsunami.)

Photo: Tsunami affected Panama Lagoon Sri Lanka. A field visit with community leaders, to design Analog  forestry models for  restoration. (The dead trees in the back ground were the result of the 2004 Tsunami.)