There are countless publications available with regards to wetland restoration and construction, not all are the easiest to understand or the most practical in terms of bringing the knowledge home to where you live and work.  Here, you will find publications written by Tom Biebighauser, that are based on in-field experiences designing and constructing thousands of wetlands.

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Wetland Restoration and Construction–A Technical Guide Second Edition

Wetland Restoration and Construction – A Technical Guide clearly explains how to select the best locations for building wetlands, the most effective techniques to use, what types of heavy equipment are needed, how to oversee construction, control nonnative invasive plants, and establish native vegetation.  Detailed examples show how to identify and then disable drainage systems installed hundreds of years ago that are the primary cause of wetland failure across North America.

Clear, logical, step-by-step instructions explain how to design and build naturally appearing and functioning wetlands for wildlife and fish habitat, cleaning run off, replacing groundwater, and preventing flooding.  Biebighauser answers the questions asked by thousands who have graduated from the hands-on wetland restoration workshops he has taught around the world.

Of special interest to landowners are the pages showing how wetlands can be designed to benefit species of frogs, toads, turtles, waterfowl, and shorebirds.  Sections describe how wetlands can be built at schools for science education, from mined lands, to close old roads, and how wetlands not functioning as planned can be repaired.

Containing over 650 color photographs and drawings, and 188- pages. The book is being used as the authoritative textbook on wetland construction techniques around the world.  The pages show techniques involving the use of groundwater dams, aquatic-safe liners, releasing water from springs, and when to use the compacted clay liner technique.  The book is based on the author’s experiences building over 1,700 wetlands in 22-States and 2-Canadian Provinces.

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Ordering large quantities of Wetland Restoration and Construction – A Technical Guide

Please send an email to, or phone 606-784-6175 and leave a message to ask about ordering larger quantities of Wetland Restoration and Construction – A Technical Guide.  These books can be shipped anywhere in the United States, or Internationally.

Please include the following information in your email:

  1. Ordering person’s name, address, email, and phone number
  2. Shipping address for the books
  3. Number of books wanted
  4. Date books are needed

We will let you know the cost of ordering the books, plus shipping.  An invoice can be emailed to you that is payable using a credit card.  Books are shipped after payment is received.  If the books are to be resold, you will be asked to sign a contract the books will be sold for a minimum of $22.95 (USD)/copy.

United States Orders

Boxes containing 20 books/box may be ordered for $340.00/box.  The books would be shipped via U.S. Postal Service Media Mail at no additional charge.

International Orders

Boxes containing 10-books/box may be ordered for = $229.50 (USD).  There is no additional charge for shipping.  The books would be mailed using U.S. Priority Mail.

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Restoration of Forests, Grasslands, and Wetlands Damaged by Off-Highway Vehicles

Note: In order to download a free copy of this publication, visit the ‘linked’ title above.  You may then select the size file you wish to ‘View’ and download from the Forest Service webpage.

This publication is authored by Ellen Eubanks and Tom Biebighauser and published by the Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  This guide has been developed to provide information on recognizing damage caused by Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) to ecosystems, provide information on how to restore those ecosystems, and return them to the desired condition of a self-sustaining ecosystem.

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Wetland Drainage, Restoration, and Repair

Wildlife Biologist and Wetland Ecologist Thomas R. Biebighauser traces the history of drainage techniques and provides a guide to restoring wetlands and transforming unattractive areas of land into a haven for wildlife and plant species.

A Guide to Creating Vernal Ponds

A Guide to Creating Vernal Ponds

A free electronic copy of A Guide to Creating Vernal Ponds is available here.  With this easy-to-read books guidance, you can create a vernal pond that looks and functions like a natural wetland.  This book has been largely expanded-upon and replaced with the more comprehensive Wetland Restoration and Construction-A Technical Guide.




Preserving the future by restoring the past.