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In this book the wealth of scientific knowledge available on wetlands of the San Francisco Bay is summarized and integrated

Living Planet Report 2010, published by the Global Footprint Network, revealed that the human  ecological footprint has more than doubled since 1966. In 2007, the most recent year for which data are available, humans used the equivalent of 1.5 planets to support their activities.

Wetlands represent just one example of an ecosystem in which historical and current states accurately reflect the above mentioned trend. Despite their value to human life (as well as their intrinsic value), wetlands have been rapidly declining around the world over the last century as they surrender land to the demands of land development.

Over time, the San Francisco Bay wetlands have experienced it all: undervaluation and destruction, research and monitoring, public education, protection policy failures and achievements, and conservation and restoration efforts.

This book "Ecology, conservation and restoration of tidal marshes: the San Francisco Estuary" is a collaborative effort of 38 outstanding scientists from academia, as well as non-profit and government organizations, in which the wealth of knowledge available on wetlands of the San Francisco Bay is summarized and integrated. The book addresses wetland geomorphology, toxicology, climate change impact, taxonomy, ecosystem services, policy and conservation. It also serves as an excellent model for understanding and restoring coastal wetlands around the world.

The purpose of this book is to review and integrate such knowledge and make it available to a broader audience with a hope that old mistakes are not repeated and new awareness is spread and implemented.

How did this book begin?

This project was initiated when I started working with San Francisco Bay wetlands some years ago. The beauty of wetlands along the bay, its wildlife, its tranquility and diversity made a huge impact on me. At the same time, I knew that over the last 150 years San Francisco Estuary tidal marshes decreased in area by 78%, from 190,000 to 40,000 acres.

Historically, San Francisco Bay was ringed with lush coastal wetlands teeming with life. These wetlands provided essential spawning, rearing, and nesting habitat for hundreds of fish and wildlife species, including rare and threatened species and commercially important fisheries. Wetland habitat areas improved water quality by capturing sediments and absorbing pollutants, stabilizing shorelines, reducing peak flood flows, and recharging groundwater basins. They also provided a broad array of economic and social benefits such as birding, fishing, and hunting.

This book project addresses wetland geomorphology, toxicology, climate change impact, taxonomy, ecosystem services, policy and conservation. University of California Press agreed to publish it. Many outstanding scientists (total 38) working with San Francisco Bay wetlands agreed to contribute to the book, other scientists (total 32) agreed to review the written material. I received an overwhelming positive response from nature lovers, coastal land managers, students and professors about the book project. So in January 2010 the work began.

How will funding be used?

I am asking for funds to complete this project, which is 95% done: book chapters have been written, reviewed and revised, the book manuscript has been reviewed by UC Press reviewers and approved by the UC Press Faculty Editorial Committee. Up to this moment, I have been able to do all my editorial work without any compensation. But before the book can be published, the book index needs to be created to make finding information within the book SO MUCH EASIER. It's slow, labor intensive and tedious work for a  300+ page book that is loaded with information. In addition, as an editor and author of the book, I also have to coordinate the final page-proof review during which I would be proofing the entire volume and reconciling mine and contributors' corrections to pages. Costs would cover my time and efforts to page-proof the entire volume and to produce the book's index, as well as acquiring needed software to facilitate the creation of the index.

If the project gets funded, I plan to work on it full time in June, making sure that deadlines are met and the book becomes available for the general public in fall 2012.

Any funds in excess of $3,000 will go to donating books to local public libraries around San Francisco Bay. Thank you!

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