Rapid Recovery of Biomass , Species Richness , and Species Composition in a Forest Chronosequence in Northeastern Costa Rica

@inproceedings{Letcher2009RapidRO,
  title={Rapid Recovery of Biomass , Species Richness , and Species Composition in a Forest Chronosequence in Northeastern Costa Rica},
  author={Susan G Letcher and Robin L. Chazdon},
  year={2009}
}
Secondary forests are a vital part of the tropical landscape, and their worldwide extent and importance continues to increase. Here, we present the largest chronosequence data set on forest succession in the wet tropics that includes both secondary and old-growth sites. We performed 0.1 ha vegetation inventories in 30 sites in northeastern Costa Rica, including seven old-growth forests and 23 secondary forests on former pastures, ranging from 10 to 42 yr. The secondary forest sites were… CONTINUE READING
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