Passive Soil Manipulation Influences the Successional Trajectories of Forest Communities at a Denuded Former Campsite

Ecological Restoration
Volume 30, Issue 1

America's original restoration publication, Ecological Restoration, just released their first issue of volume 30. My collaborators in research and restoration, Rodney Pond and Lexine Long, and I had an article run in this issue as a note, following up on our work in North Cascades National Park to examine how passive restoration affects successional trajectories during early forest stand development. As I reported previously on this blog, our main finding was that soil amendments of variable particle sizes and origins had a long-lasting effect on what tree species germinated and persisted in the community. This easy form of propagule introduction takes genetic considerations into account, is low cost and low-impact when working in relatively healthy forest systems.

Pseudotsuga menziesii propagules.

I would summarize our work further, but since it's already a note, I'll just say that it was massively fun to work with Rodney, Lexine and our field guru Dan Owen to get this project together.

A sea of Alnus rubra.

If you were thinking, "Hey, I like forests, restoration and fun!" then you can grab a copy of the article here (for educational and collaboration purposes only*) or check it out on the publications page.

*I'm not trying to get sued here.