Special Issue "Ecological Restoration and Soil Amelioration in Forest Ecosystem"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Soil".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 October 2023 | Viewed by 601

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Department of Bio and Environmental Technology, Seoul Women’s University, Seoul 01797, Republic of Korea
Interests: restoration ecology; vegetation restoration; soil amelioration; climate change; phenology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The human impact of exceeding the buffer capacity of the ecosystem prevents the ecosystem from maintaining its normal structure and function. Excessive land use, along with excessive use of fossil fuels, is emerging as a major factor that causes ecological imbalances at both the local and global levels and ultimately threatens the stability of the entire global environment. The rapidly progressing climate change is also an example of a functional imbalance between greenhouse gas sources and their absorption sources. Ecological restoration is used as a useful tool to mitigate, delay, and recover from these adverse effects that humans have had on the global ecosystem. Ecological restoration becomes a means of solving the insurmountable part of engineering technology that is governed by thermodynamic laws in dealing with environmental problems.

The international community's efforts to address climate change initially focused on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, but today's shift to carbon neutrality is the result of the correct recognition of this ecological background. "Nature-based solution" and "UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration" were created in this context. The restoration of the forest, which is the most diverse and stable among the ecosystems, is a leading part of this paradigm shift. However, forest restoration is still often in conflict between afforestation and ecological restoration. In addition, for the restored ecosystem to maximize its function, reference information that places the introduced vegetation in the optimal ecological range is important.

This Special Issue is aimed at providing case studies of ecological restoration of forests that are achieved by accepting the principle of ecological restoration beyond afforestation.

Prof. Dr. Chang Seok Lee
Guest Editor

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  • afforestation
  • ecological imbalance
  • ecological restoration
  • forest
  • reference information

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Evaluation of the 20-Year Restoration Process in an Air-Pollution-Damaged Forest near the Ulsan Industrial Complex, Korea
Forests 2023, 14(8), 1565; https://doi.org/10.3390/f14081565 - 31 Jul 2023
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A study was conducted to evaluate the effects of restoration practices in a forest ecosystem near the Ulsan Industrial Complex in southeastern Korea. The calcium and magnesium contents in the soil, as well as the soil pH, increased after the application of a [...] Read more.
A study was conducted to evaluate the effects of restoration practices in a forest ecosystem near the Ulsan Industrial Complex in southeastern Korea. The calcium and magnesium contents in the soil, as well as the soil pH, increased after the application of a soil ameliorator but decreased again after 20 years. Meanwhile, the aluminum content presented the opposite trend. After restoration, the species composition and diversity of vegetation tended to differ from that of the non-restored site over time while continuously becoming more similar to that of the reference site. The ratio of exotic plant species was lower than that at the non-restored site but higher than that at the reference site. The frequency distribution for the diameter class of oaks established through restoration presented a reverse J-shaped pattern, and thus, they can be maintained continuously; similar results were obtained for the reference site. In sum, the forest ecosystem near the industrial park—which had been severely degraded due to air pollution and soil acidification—was restored to a forest close to natural conditions through restorative treatments, including the neutralization of acidic soil and the introduction of tolerant species. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ecological Restoration and Soil Amelioration in Forest Ecosystem)
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