Recovery of a Subtropical Dry Forest After Abandonment of Different Land Uses 1

  title={Recovery of a Subtropical Dry Forest After Abandonment of Different Land Uses 1},
  author={Sandra Molina Col{\'o}n and Ariel E. Lugo},
We studied the ecological characteristics of 45–50-yr-old subtropical dry forest stands in Puerto Rico that were growing on sites that had been deforested and used intensively for up to 128 yr. The study took place in the Guánica Commonwealth Forest. Our objective was to assess the long-term effects of previous land use on this forest—i.e., its species composition, structure, and functioning. Previous land-use types included houses, farmlands, and charcoal pits. Stands with these land uses were… CONTINUE READING
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