The Role of Native Species Plantations in Recovery of Understory Woody Diversity in Degraded Pasturelands of Costa Rica

Cusack, D. and F. Montagnini

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Tropical timber plantations provide a variety of environmental services, including recovery of biodiversity on degraded lands. For example, plantations can speed forest successional processes by improving microsite conditions and attracting seed dispersers, thus promoting woody regeneration. Timber species have been hypothesized to differ in understory recruitment success. In the present research, understory regeneration of woody plants was compared for six native timber species on tropical plantations in the Atlantic humid lowlands of Costa Rica.

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Peer-reviewed Article

Forest Ecology and Management