Rebuilding the forest
Due to high rates of deforestation throughout Ecuador and the world, reforestation is an increasingly important subject. In the Intillacta we start a new research phase about restoration of degradated lands. In the Reserve the land is currently used for sustainable land practices and restoration efforts.
During November the researcher Tobias Leah from Denver University analyzed the tree diversity in two different areas in the early stages of secondary succession, but suffered two different management prior to the start of restoration: removing pasture and abandoned pasture. In the area where the pasture was eliminated more trees were found: 389 trees of 27 different genera, the main Solanun, Miconia, Piper, Hedyosmus, Urtica among others:
The results show that human intervention to restore degraded areas can accelerate very successful restoration process. With this study was possible characterize what are the trees species that are successful in the process of restoring degraded pastures, and understand how a forest grows naturally and with human help. This information is very useful to improve practical initiatives of ecological restoration in the cloud forest of the Ecuadorian Chocó Bioregion.
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