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Actions to Conserve wildlife

We have summarised evidence from the scientific literature about the effects of different interventions to conserve wildlife and ecosystem services.

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Use herbicides to thin trees

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Use herbicides to thin trees

Use herbicides to remove understory vegetation to reduce wildfires

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Use herbicides to remove understory vegetation to reduce wildfires

Use herbicides to remove invasive plant species

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Use herbicides to remove invasive plant species

Use herbicides to control invasive plant species

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Use herbicides to control invasive plant species

Use herbicides after tree planting

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Unlikely to be beneficial 4 Use herbicides after tree planting

Use group-selection harvesting

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 9 Use group-selection harvesting

Use grazing to remove invasive plant species

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Use grazing to remove invasive plant species

Use fertilizer after tree planting

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Unlikely to be beneficial 5 Use fertilizer after tree planting

Use fertilizer

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 8 Use fertilizer

Use fencing to enclose large herbivores (e.g. deer)

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Use fencing to enclose large herbivores (e.g. deer)

Use electric fencing to exclude large native herbivores

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Use electric fencing to exclude large native herbivores

Use different planting or seeding methods

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Unlikely to be beneficial 5 Use different planting or seeding methods

Use clearcutting to increase understory diversity

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 24 Use clearcutting to increase understory diversity

Use brash mats during harvesting to avoid soil compaction

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Use brash mats during harvesting to avoid soil compaction

Transplant trees

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Transplant trees

Thin trees within forests: effects on young trees

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Likely to be beneficial 13 Thin trees within forests: effects on young trees

Thin trees within forests: effects on understory plants

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Likely to be beneficial 37 Thin trees within forests: effects on understory plants

Thin trees within forests: effects on non-vascular plants

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 4 Thin trees within forests: effects on non-vascular plants

Thin trees within forests: effects on mature trees

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 18 Thin trees within forests: effects on mature trees

Thin trees by girdling (cutting rings around tree trunks)

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Thin trees by girdling (cutting rings around tree trunks)

Thin trees after wildfire

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 6 Thin trees after wildfire

Sustainable management of non-timber forest products

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No evidence found (no assessment) 0 Sustainable management of non-timber forest products

Sow tree seeds after wildfire

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 3 Sow tree seeds after wildfire

Sow tree seeds

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Sow tree seeds

Shorten livestock grazing period or control grazing season in forests

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 3 Shorten livestock grazing period or control grazing season in forests
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