Emily King Teraoka, Ecologist, is a co-author on a newly released publication on a study that contrasted structure and composition of old-growth and second-growth riparian forests in two adjacent watersheds within Redwood National Park. The purpose of the study was to better understand the stands’ attributes and to provide insight for restoration planning. Attributes such as stem density, plant composition, basal area, and canopy were studied.
The results suggest that selective thinning of species such as Douglas-fir and alder could expedite old-growth characteristics in second-growth riparian forests which could improve the forests’ sustainability and ability to support wildlife.
To learn more and to read the full publication, click here: http://www.mdpi.com/1999-4907/5/2/256/pdf
Posted March 31, 2014