Spontaneous succession of riparian fynbos: Is unassisted recovery a viable restoration strategy?
This study is summarised as evidence for the following.
Allow shrubland to regenerate without active managementAction Link
Allow shrubland to regenerate without active management
A before-and-after trial in 2000–2004 in two fynbos habitats previously affected by fire in Western Cape, South Africa (Reinecke et al. 2008) found that allowing shrubland to recover without active restoration increased vegetation cover but not plant species richness. After four years of recovery, vegetation cover was higher (84–94 cm2) than immediately after the site was burned (62–27 cm2). However, after four years of recovery plant species richness did not increase significantly (before: 3–5 species, after: 3–4 species). In 2000 wildfires burned both sites. Two 1 m wide transects consisting of forty-nine to seventy-eight 1 m2 quadrats were used to survey vegetation cover in 2001, 2002, and 2004.