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Applied nucleation as a forest restoration strategy

Literature: Journal Articles

Corbin, J.D. & Holl, K.D. 2012, "Applied nucleation as a forest restoration strategy", Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 265, pp. 37-46.

Contact Info

Corresponding Authors: corbinj@union.edu, kholl@ucsc.edu

Affiliations

  • Department of Biological Sciences, Union College, Schenectady, NY 12308, USA
  • Department of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA

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Description

  • This article reviews research to date on the topic of applied nucleation, a method for restoring degraded landscapes in which small clusters of shrubs and trees are planted to encourage natural forest regeneration.
  • Past research on applied nucleation suggests that it more closely approximates natural succession, and that it may possibly be a lower cost and/or more effective restoration model than plantations or natural regeneration.
  • The authors hypothesize that the applied nucleation model may be most appropriate on sites with an intermediate level of degradation.
  • Previous studies recommend that larger nuclei could be more effective than small nuclei for the purposes of restoration.
  • Applied nucleation may also create conditions favorable for increased habitat heterogeneity compared to plantation designs.
  • The authors call for further study on applied nucleation, recommending research on the density and spacing of nuclei, nuclei size, the effect of initial species choice, as well as longer-term monitoring and further testing of applied nucleation in a wider variety of ecosystem types.

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