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Precision restoration: A necessary approach to foster forest recovery in the 21st century
Forest restoration programs are often based on the sowing or plantation of large amounts of propagules but with little care of the plants. As a result, high rates of mortality or damage to the plants (e.g. by herbivores) are common, translating into a loss of time and resources. We advocate that restoration in general, and forest restoration in particular, should consider a precision approach that maximizes its efficiency, trying to ensure that planted seedlings or sowed seeds will become adult trees with the appropriate landscape configuration to create functional and self-regulating forest ecosystems. Precision Forest Restoration should take advantage of ecological knowledge, technologies and methodologies from the landscape scale to the individual-plant scale, and from the more traditional, low-tech approaches to the latest high-tech ones to ensure the survival of the revegetated plants. Precision Forest Restoration may be more expensive at the level of individual plants, but will be more cost-effective in the long-term if it allows for the creation of resilient forests able to provide multiple ecosystem services.

Speaker: Jorge Castro, Professor of Ecology at the University of Granada (Spain)

Jan 26, 2022 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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