Special Issue "Forest Restoration and Secondary Succession—Series II"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2023 | Viewed by 1154

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Dear Colleagues,

Deforestation and forest degradation have been commonplace in many parts of the world. These challenges are being caused by fire, storms, logging, forest pests, and conversion of land to other use types. Cognizant of losses in biodiversity, ecosystem services, land productivity, and climate regulation due to deforestation and forest degradation, several initiatives have been launched to restore degraded landscapes, such as the “Bonne Challenge”. The successes and failures of these forest restoration initiatives need to be better understood, as there is no one-model-fits-all approach to conservation. Equally, the factors that influence secondary succession, alongside the ways by which secondary succession could be expedited, need further exploration. In this Special Issue, we aim to attract restoration practitioners and forest scientists who can document site-specific restoration techniques, general restoration pathways, and the success and failure of restoration projects. We are particularly interested in the prospect of modelling the possible restoration outcomes and socio-economic issues regarding restoration endeavors, as well as ecosystem services accrued from restored forests. We encourage the submission of field studies—experimental studies, as well monitoring and evaluation studies of restoration approaches and models—to this Special Issue in order to promote the knowledge and practice necessary for the conservation and future development of forest ecosystems.

Dr. Mulualem Tigabu
Guest Editor

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  • forest restoration approaches
  • indicators of restoration success
  • cost of restoration
  • succession trajectories
  • ecosystem services accrued from forest restoration
  • carbon sequestration and forest restoration
  • policy and governance related to forest restoration
  • secondary succession in logged over areas

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Beta Diversity of Plant Communities in Relation to Soil C:N:P Stoichiometry across 150 Years of Vegetation Restoration in a Temperate Zone
Forests 2023, 14(3), 553; https://doi.org/10.3390/f14030553 - 10 Mar 2023
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Natural solutions by which humans can overcome challenges have been severely hampered by biodiversity losses. It is essential to understand the key natural variables that influence changes in community diversity to maintain ecosystem function. The Ziwuling area has a natural recovery succession history [...] Read more.
Natural solutions by which humans can overcome challenges have been severely hampered by biodiversity losses. It is essential to understand the key natural variables that influence changes in community diversity to maintain ecosystem function. The Ziwuling area has a natural recovery succession history of 150 years. Therefore, a survey was conducted to compare species composition characteristics across different vegetation recovery stages while also providing a phylogenetic and taxonomic response to the correlation between beta diversity and soil stoichiometry. The results showed that beta diversity and endemic plants had a similar single-peak temporal pattern. Soil organic carbon (SOC) accumulation was significantly positively correlated with total nitrogen (TN) and was also negatively correlated with total phosphorus (TP). Overall, soil TN, time since vegetation restoration (TVR in years), and W-SS (endemic woody plants at each stage) were able to explain 94.3% of the total variation in beta diversity. Temperate species such as Carex lanceolata, Lespedeza bicolor, and Sophora davidii are the basis for community construction. Community beta diversity patterns are the result of a mixture of ecological (e.g., climate patterns and soil nutrients) and evolutionary processes. This study combined plant resource needs with how they respond to natural recovery times in order to provide useful knowledge to protect biodiversity, the nutrient cycle, and the function of restoration ecology. Full article
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