Environment and landscape rather than planting design are the drivers of success in long‐term restoration of riparian Atlantic forest
While identifying factors that contribute to restoration is difficult, it is ultimately critical in order to ensure the long-term sustainability and resilience of the restored landscape.
Goals & Methods
The goal of this study was the factors that influence tree density, biomass, and richness in the understory in ongoing restoration. To achieve this, the authors measured tree basal area, density, and richness in 26 restoration sites in the Atlantic forest of Brazil. They examined factors that fell under three main categories: planting design, landscape features, environmental factors.
Conclusions & Takeaways
The authors found that landscape features and environmental factors had the most significant influence of the three measures, yet the exact influence on richness and diversity of seedling plantings was not determined.
Environment and landscape rather than planting design are the drivers of success in long-term restoration of riparian Atlantic forest. Applied Vegetation Science. 2017;21:76–84. doi:10.1111/avsc.12341..
- Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná, Apucarana, PR, Brazil
- Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Londrina, PR, Brazil
- Instituto Florestal do Estado de São Paulo, Assis, SP, Brazil