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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 soil disturbance to enhance germination (excluding scarification or ploughing)

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Use soil disturbance to enhance germination (excluding scarification or ploughing)

Enhance soil compaction

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 3 Enhance soil compaction

Fence to prevent grazing after tree planting

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Likely to be beneficial 5 Fence to prevent grazing after tree planting

Use prescribed fire after tree planting

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 4 Use prescribed fire after tree planting

Mechanically remove understory vegetation after tree planting

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Unlikely to be beneficial 6 Mechanically remove understory vegetation after tree planting

Manage woody debris before tree planting

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Manage woody debris before tree planting

Add organic matter after tree planting

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Add organic matter after tree planting

Add lime to the soil after tree planting

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Add lime to the soil after tree planting

Use fertilizer after tree planting

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Unlikely to be beneficial 5 Use fertilizer after tree planting

Use mechanical thinning before or after planting

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Beneficial 7 Use mechanical thinning before or after planting

Use herbicides after tree planting

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Unlikely to be beneficial 4 Use herbicides after tree planting

Prepare the ground before tree planting

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Beneficial 7 Prepare the ground before tree planting

Use different planting or seeding methods

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Unlikely to be beneficial 5 Use different planting or seeding methods

Cover the ground with straw after tree planting

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Cover the ground with straw after tree planting

Use weed mats to protect planted trees

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Use weed mats to protect planted trees

Use tree guards or shelters to protect planted trees

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Use tree guards or shelters to protect planted trees

Use shading for planted trees

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 1 Use shading for planted trees

Log/remove trees within forests: effects on non-vascular plants

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 3 Log/remove trees within forests: effects on non-vascular plants

Log/remove trees within forests: effects on mature trees

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 15 Log/remove trees within forests: effects on mature trees

Log/remove trees within forests: effects on young trees

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Log/remove trees within forests: effects on young trees

Log/remove trees within forests: effects on understory plants

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Beneficial 12 Log/remove trees within forests: effects on understory plants

Use vegetation removal together with mechanical disturbance to the soil

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Likely to be beneficial 3 Use vegetation removal together with mechanical disturbance to the soil
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Forest Conservation - Published 2016

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