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Can intensive management accelerate the restoration of Brazil’s Atlantic forests?

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Campoe, O. C., Stape, J.L., Mendes, J. C. T. 2010, "Can intensive management accelerate the restoration of Brazil's Atlantic forests?", Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 259, no. 9, pp. 1808 – 1814.

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  • University of São Paulo, Department of Forest Sciences, Piracicaba, SP 13418-970, Brazil
  • North Carolina State University, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, Raleigh, NC 27695-8008, USA


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Species Info

  • Acacia polyphylla - Monjoleiro (Brazil)
  • Cariniana estrellensis - Jequitibá branco (Brazil)
  • Cedrela fissilis - Cedro rosa (Brazil)
  • Chorisia speciosa - Paineira (Brazil)
  • Croton urucurana - Sandra d'água (Brazil)
  • Enterolobium contortisiliquum - Tamboril (Brazil)
  • Erythrina mulungu - Mulungu (Brazil)
  • Ficus guaranitica - Figueira (Brazil)
  • Guazuma ulmifolia - Mutambo (Brazil)
  • Heliocarpus americanus - Algodoeiro (Brazil)
  • Hymenaea courbaril - Jatobá (Brazil)
  • Jacaranda cuspidifolia - Jacarandá, Caroba (Brazil)
  • Lafoensia pacari - Dedaleiro (Brazil)
  • Luehea divaricata - Açoita-cavalo (Brazil)
  • Myroxylon peruiferum - Cabreúva (Brazil)
  • Peltophorum dubium - Farinha seca (Brazil)
  • Poecilanthe parviflora - Coração de negro (Brazil)
  • Pterogyne nitens - Amendoim bravo (Brazil)
  • Schinus terebinthifolia - Aroeira pimenteira, Aroeira branca (Brazil)
  • Tabebuia impetiginosa - Ipê roxo (Brazil)


  • The author's objective is to test the efficacy of forest management methods similar to those used in fast-growing Eucalyptus plantations in the survival enhancement and growth of Atlantic forest species on degraded pastureland.
  • Methods used involve the following:
    • Site: São Paulo, Brazil - Atlantic Forest biome, semi-deciduous seasonal forest;
    • Experimental design: 20 tree native species were planted in plots undergoing 8 different treatments (varying: ratio of pioneer/colonizing species, spacing, intensity of weed control management and fertilizers addition), 4 replications of 1,260 m2 each;
    • Measurement techniques: at different points throughout the first 3.5 years, the height and diameter were measured. Biomass was calculated based on equations developed by destructive harvesting; and
    • Additional measurements techniques: canopy leaf area index (trees and other vegetation), light interception, and nitrogen content in leaves.
  • The most important finding was that fertilizing forest restoration plantations considerably increased the efficiency in stemwood productivity (29%), as a consequence of improved canopy structure and nutrition. This technique also increased seedling survival (90% to 98%).
  • The authors conclude that intensive silvicultural management is an important and new strategy for achieving success in native forest restoration.

Geographical Region

  • Coastal Atlantic South America
  • Country

  • Brazil
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