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Local knowledge helps select species for forest restoration in a tropical dry forest of central Veracruz, Mexico

Literature: Journal Articles

Suarez, A., Williams-Linera, G., Trejo, C., Valdez-Hernandez, J.I., Cetina-Alcala, V.M., Vibrans, H. 2010. "Local knowledge helps select species for forest restoration in a tropical dry forest of central Veracruz, Mexico", Agroforest Syst, vol. 85, pp. 35-55.

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Colegio de Postgraduados en Ciencias Agricolas, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Insituto de Ecologia


Species Info

Annona purpurea, Chloroleucon mangense, Leucana lanceolata, Tabebuia chrysantha, Lysiloma acapulcense, Acacia cochliacantha, Acacia pennatula, Diphysa carthagenesis, Leucaena lanceolata, Gilricidia sepium, Guazuma ulmifolia, Casealpinia cacalaco, Senna atomaria, Ehretia tinifolia, Maclura tinctorea, Ficus cotinfolia, Busera simaruba, Busera cincerea, Tectona grandis, Gmelina arborea, Tabebuia donnell-smithii, Cedrela odorata, Hypsipyla gradella, Erythrina, Yucca, Ipomoea wolcottiana, 


  • This paper presents a participative approach to species selection in forest restoration in the tropical dry forest in Mexico.
  • Recent shifts in government programming now favor the planting of native speices over exotic timber species that have historically been used in reforestation projects.
  • This study engaged local landowners from communitities throughout Veracruz in workshops and walk throughs to identify species that had local value for timber, wildlife, food, or were scarce in the landscape. 76 native speices were identified as locally important species; of these, Fabaceae was the most important family. Species in Moraceae also had high wildlife importance. Of these species identified in this study, very few are commercially available in nurseries illustrating the importance in tapping into local knowledge and making it more broadly available.


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