Assessing restoration outcomes in light of succession: management implications for tropical riparian forest restoration

Manrique-Hernandez, H., T. Heartsill Scalley, M. Barreto-Orta, C.M. Betancourt-Roman and J.R. Ortiz-Zayas

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Today there is a wide variety of approaches on how to determine when a river restoration project can be considered ecologically successful. The limited information on river restoration responses renders this practice a subjective component of river management. We aimed to contribute to this issue by assessing the ecological outcomes of a restoration project conducted in Quebrada Chiclana, a first-order tropical stream located in the headwaters of the Rio Piedras in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. We focused on the reforestation component of the restoration project using current structure and composition of riparian vegetation as an indicator of restoration success.

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Ecological Restoration