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Marius L. van der Vyver, Richard M. Cowling, Eileen E. Campbell and Mark Difford Active restoration of woody canopy dominants in degraded South African semi-arid thicket is neither ecologically nor economically feasible Applied Vegetation Science 15

Version of Record online: 20 OCT 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-109X.2011.01162.x

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We assessed the ecological and economic feasibility of actively restoring biodiversity, in particular planting nursery-propagated native woody canopy species, to differently aged post-restoration stands of semi-arid subtropical thicket naturally dominated by Portulacaria afra (Spekboom). The high restoration cost and low survival of planted propagules of thicket canopy dominant species proved that such active restoration is not feasible.

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