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

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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

Mechanically/manually remove invasive plants

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 4 Mechanically/manually remove invasive plants

Add organic matter

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Trade-off between benefit and harms 4 Add organic matter

Use prescribed fire after tree planting

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

Use herbicides after tree planting

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Unlikely to be beneficial 4 Use herbicides after tree planting

Adopt community-based management to protect forests

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 3 Adopt community-based management to protect forests

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

Use shelterwood harvest instead of clearcutting

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Likely to be beneficial 3 Use shelterwood harvest instead of clearcutting

Use partial retention harvesting instead of clearcutting

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 3 Use partial retention harvesting instead of clearcutting

Legal protection of forests

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 3 Legal protection of forests

Sow tree seeds after wildfire

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

Enhance soil compaction

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Likely to be ineffective or harmful 3 Enhance soil compaction

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

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

Adopt certification

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Adopt certification

Improve soil quality after tree planting (excluding applying fertilizer)

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Improve soil quality after tree planting (excluding applying fertilizer)

Reduce the intensity of livestock grazing in forests

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Reduce the intensity of livestock grazing in forests

Remove burned trees

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Remove burned trees

Plant a mixture of tree species to enhance diversity

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Plant a mixture of tree species to enhance diversity

Remove or disturb leaf litter to enhance germination

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Unknown effectiveness (limited evidence) 2 Remove or disturb leaf litter to enhance germination

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)

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 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
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Forest Conservation - Published 2016

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What Works in Conservation

What Works in Conservation

What Works in Conservation assesses the research looking at whether interventions are beneficial or not. It is based on summarised evidence in synopses, on topics such as amphibians, bats, biodiversity in European farmland, and control of freshwater invasive species. More are available and in progress.

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