Journal article

Empirically validating a dense woody regrowth 'problem' and thinning 'solution' for understory vegetation

Christopher S Jones, David H Duncan, Libby Rumpff, Freya M Thomas, William K Morris, Peter A Vesk



In landscapes with a short history of intensive land use, woody plant regrowth on cleared land is often favorably received as a shift back to a more natural state. However, it is common for these regrowth stands to be much denser than undisturbed forest. High stem density can adversely affect stand structure, understory composition, and habitat for dependent fauna. Thinning to reduce stem density is one common silvicultural method used to manage dense stands for ecological or restoration objectives. The effect of thinning on the stand structure is well understood but those on the understory vegetation are not. We address this knowledge gap in anticipation of an increasing call for public inv..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC LP110100321), with additional support from the Victorian State Government Department of Environment and Primary Industries and Australian Government Nation Environmental Research Program-Environmental Decisions. PV was supported by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions. Thanks to Hannah Pearson and Kate Giljohann for their assistance with field surveys.