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Forest restoration following a windthrow : how legacy retention versus plantation after salvaging alters the trajectory of initial recovery

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Title: Forest restoration following a windthrow : how legacy retention versus plantation after salvaging alters the trajectory of initial recovery
Authors: Morimoto, Miho Browse this author
Morimoto, Junko Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Moriya, Yoshiaki Browse this author
Nakamura, Futoshi Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Keywords: Disturbance
Succession trajectory
Natural forest restoration
Biological legacies
Issue Date: Jul-2013
Publisher: Springer
Journal Title: Landscape and Ecological Engineering
Volume: 9
Issue: 2
Start Page: 259
End Page: 270
Publisher DOI: 10.1007/s11355-012-0206-3
Abstract: Recently, the conversion of plantations into natural forests has attracted increasing attention, but little is known about how to convert a windthrown plantation into a natural forest. We examined the initial 3-year effects of salvage logging, site preparation, planting, and weeding in comparison with the effects of legacy retention after a typhoon blowdown on the changes in terrestrial environments and plant compositions and the similarity of the species composition to that of the intact natural forest. Our major findings are as follows: (1) A homogeneous, sunny, and flat environment continued for 3 years in the planted and weeded plot, whereas a heterogeneous environment was observed in the legacy retention plot; however, the light environment changed slightly in the planted plot. (2) The species composition in the planted plots changed greatly due to invasion by annual, biennial, and perennial herbs and early successional trees. Alien species also invaded the planted row. Conversely, the species composition changed little in the legacy retention, which was likely due to the presence of residual plants that prevented shade-intolerant species from being established. (3) The legacy retention, followed by the residual row, was the closest to the natural forest with respect to species composition, whereas the planted row was the most dissimilar from the natural forest. Legacy retention appears to be the most appropriate way to restore a natural forest immediately after a windthrow, yet supplemental planting may be necessary to restore the desired broadleaved species.
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