Is succession-based management of coastal dune forest restoration valid?

Show simple item record Grainger, Matthew James Van Aarde, Rudi J. 2012-11-01T10:14:49Z 2013-09-30T00:20:04Z 2012-09
dc.description.abstract Here we test the predictions of succession in a restoration context to ascertain the validity of succession-based management. Our study took place in seven coastal dune forest sites of various ages regenerating after mining disturbance. We used our 16 yr of data on 4 taxa to test the predictions of succession theories. Patterns in turnover for all taxa showed a decelerating decrease contradicting Clements’s classical theory of succession. Changes in composition followed patterns predicted by the individualistic model of succession. Trends in species diversity measures did not always match predictions with bird species diversity declining in most sites over time. Regional disturbances may explain this phenomenon. Succession-based management is a valid approach to dune forest rehabilitation as long as restoration managers recognise disturbance as an ecological reality. en
dc.description.librarian ab2012 en
dc.description.sponsorship The University of Pretoria, Richards Bay Minerals, and the South African Department of Trade and Industry. en
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dc.identifier.citation Grainger, Matthew J & Van Aarde, Rudi J 2012, 'Is succession-based management of coastal dune forest restoration valid?', Ecological Restoriation, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 200-208. en
dc.identifier.issn 1543-4060 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1543-4079 (online)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University of Wisconsin Press en
dc.rights © 2012 by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System en
dc.subject Coastal dune forest en
dc.subject Chronosequence en
dc.subject Mining en
dc.subject Rehabilitation en
dc.subject Succession en
dc.subject.lcsh Coastal ecology en
dc.subject.lcsh Coastal zone management en
dc.subject.lcsh Sand dunes en
dc.title Is succession-based management of coastal dune forest restoration valid? en
dc.type Postprint Article en

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