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Landscape Restoration

USFS -yesterday

Effects of fertilizer on media chemistry and red-flowering current seedling growth using a subirrigation system

Water conservation in nursery systems is an ever-increasing focus, yet there is relatively little guidance for growers producing seedlings intended for restoration regarding how practices such as subirrigation influence plant growth in the nursery and after outplanting. Our study investigated red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum Pursh) seedling development and early field performance using diff...

Springer -2 days ago

Seed and seedling characteristics of hybrid chestnuts ( Castanea spp.) derived from a backcross blight-resistance breeding program

Abstract American chestnut (Castanea dentata) was a foundation species in the eastern United States until chestnut blight (Cryphonectria parasitica) infestation resulted in range-wide catastrophic reduction. Since 1983, The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) has engaged in a breeding program aimed at restoring C. dentata to the wild. The primary goal has been to introduce blight...

USFS -4 days ago

Plasticity in native perennial grass populations: Implications for restoration

Increasing the evolutionary potential of restored populations has become a viable objective of restoration activities. Choosing plant materials genetically adapted to the restoration environment is critical for success, and phenotypic plasticity may also contribute to establishment and persistence in disturbed environments. To select seed sources for restoration informed by plasticity, we must ans...

USFS -5 days ago

Restoration in type-converted and heavily disturbed chaparral: lessons learned

A wide range of disturbances including recreation, utility corridors, too frequent fire and invasive plants have led to the type conversion of native chaparral habitats to non-native grasslands on the Angeles National Forest. These often compounding disturbances have led to the recent planning, implementation and monitoring of a wide variety of restoration techniques across the forest. Restoration...

USFS -5 days ago

Shrubland and woodland restoration in the mediterranean basin

Landscapes and ecosystems in the Mediterranean basin (MB) have been profoundly modified after a long history of land use and deforestation, which has caused extensive land degradation. In the last third of the 20th century, extensive land abandonment occurred in European Mediterranean countries, which dramatically increased fuel load and continuity in landscape and, consequently, large wildfires. ...

USFS -5 days ago

The feasibility of chaparral restoration on type-converted slopes

Increased fire frequency, livestock grazing, and other disturbances have converted many chaparral stands in southern California to non-native annual grassland. Competition from annual grasses interferes with the establishment of chaparral shrubs, presenting a challenge to restoring chaparral in type-converted areas. <br>In this study we examined the feasibility of restoring chaparral by expl...

USFS -5 days ago

Long-term prospects for restoration of coastal sage scrub: invasive species, nitrogen deposition, and novel ecosystems

Coastal sage scrub (CSS) is one of the most endangered ecosystem-types in California and is undergoing extensive restoration efforts. Major threats to CSS include agriculture and urban development, fragmentation, invasive species, frequent fire, and high levels of anthropogenic nitrogen (N) deposition that increases exotic species productivity, further increasing fuel for fire. In this review we c...

USFS -5 days ago

Guidelines for choosing a restoration plant palette and collecting native plant materials

One of the first tasks in restoration planning is determining the appropriate native plant species and associated quantities. Species with the greatest prevalence at the restoration site, collectability, heat, sunlight and disturbance tolerance, germination and reproduction rate, large growth habit, soil retention qualities, nitrogen fixation, wildlife habitat value, and weed competitiveness were ...

USFS -6 days ago

Stream conditions after 18 years of passive riparian restoration in small fish-bearing watersheds

Many of the ecological processes in the riparian forests and streams across the Pacific Northwest have become impaired through production forestry practices common prior to the 1990s. Some of these practices included forest harvest without stream buffers, removal of instream wood, road construction and use, and harvesting large proportions of watersheds. Passive ecological restoration (the use of ...

Elsevier -6 days ago

Bird response to woody pastoral management of ancient chestnut orchards: A case study from the southern Alps

Publication date: 1 December 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 453Author(s): Federico Morelli, Anita Python, Gianni Boris Pezzatti, Marco MorettiAbstractWood-pasture abandonment is an important cause of structural homogenisation in traditionally managed forest landscapes across the Alps. In the present study, bird response to the restoration of ancient abandoned chestnut orchards w...

timberbiz -6 days ago

CIFOR wades in on forest fires and climate change

Robert Nasi director general of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) recently wrote an opinion piece on the damage from forest fires. He said a complex combination of a changing climate, policies and conversion of scrub and trees to agricultural land in the Amazone turned the world’s largest tract of tropical forest into a tinderbox. Source: Timberbiz Mr Nasi said that the worl...

ITTO -7 days ago

Diverse approaches to forest management and SDGs needed in Africa. Interview with Hiroshi Nakata of

Diverse approaches to forest management and SDGs needed in Africa Sustainable forest management (SFM) must be tailored to suit Africa’s extraordinary diversity of landscapes, people and market demands. Landscape restoration and sustainable and legal supply chains will be crucial in ensuring that SFM contributes to the achievement of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including 1 (...