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Effects of clear-felling versus gradual removal of conifer trees on the survival of understorey plants during the restoration of ancient woodlands

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Plantations of exotic conifers on ancient woodland sites retain many features of high conservation value and in many countries such sites are being actively restored. Clear-felling of the conifer trees is often a straight-forward first step, but recent guidance on restoration advocates gradual removal of the plantation crop to protect vulnerable woodland specialist plants. To date there has been little empirical evidence to support this policy. One hundred and four stands in 39 woodland sites...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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Linacre College, University of Oxford
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Publisher:
Elsevier B.V Publisher's website
Journal:
Forest Ecology and Management
Volume:
348
Pages:
15–22
Publication date:
2015-08-04
Acceptance date:
2015-03-18
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ISSN:
0378-1127

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