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A Strategy for Restoration of Montane Forest in Anthropogenic Fern Thickets in the
 

Summary: A Strategy for Restoration of Montane Forest
in Anthropogenic Fern Thickets in the
Dominican Republic
Matthew G. Slocum,1,2,3
T. Mitchell Aide,1
Jess K. Zimmerman,4
and Luis Navarro5
Abstract
Deforested tropical areas are often colonized by competi-
tive ferns that inhibit forest succession. In thickets of such
a fern (Dicranopteris pectinata), we investigated methods
for initiating restoration of tropical montane forest in the
EŽ bano Verde Scientific Reserve (Dominican Republic).
In clearings in the thickets, growth and survivorship of 18
common early- and late-successional woody species were
tested, with and without fertilizer (poultry litter). Three
years after sowing, life history did not affect survivorship,
but early-successional species grew faster than late-succes-
sional species (height increase 153 ± 103 cm vs. 81 ± 67 cm
[mean ± 1 SD]). Inga fagifolia, a late-successional spe-

  

Source: Aide, Mitchell - Department of Biology, Universidad de Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology