Adaptative restoration in the Purépecha Plateu, Michoacán, Mexico: towards a state and transition model
AbstractEcological restoration requires appropriate techniques for reaching desired goals. The combination of human and natural disturbances can create states that prevent the development of mature forests through secondary succession, or can slow down the transition. A conceptual scheme based on state and transition models is developed for pine forest restoration in the Purépecha Plateau. Information gathered from an adaptive restoration project initiated in 2001 in collaboration with the Indigenous Community of Nuevo San Juan Parangaricutiro is synthesized. One stable state is described, namely tephra deposits locally known as arenales, and restoration techniques for making the transition to a desirable state dominated by Pinus pseudostrobus are examined
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