Assessing Rainforest Restoration: The Value of Buffer Strips for the Recovery of Rainforest Remnants in Australia’s Wet Tropics

Sonter, L.J., M.M. Mayfield and D.J. Metcalfe

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Throughout the tropics, forest remnants are under increasing pressure from habitat fragmentation and edge effects. To improve the conservation value of forest remnants, restoration plantings are used to accelerate and redirect ecological succession. Unfortunately, many restoration projects undergo little to no evaluation in achieving project goals. Here we evaluate the success of one common restoration technique, “buffer strip planting,” at the Malanda Scrub in North Queensland, Australia. Results suggest that the buffer strip was successful in reducing edge effects but not in restoring the forest to original conditions within 14 years.

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Peer-reviewed Article

Pacific Conservation Biology