Cut/remove/thin forest plantations: brackish/saline swamps
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
This action includes clear cutting (felling and removing all trees) and thinning (removal of only some trees) to address the threat from forest plantations (i.e. areas where trees have been deliberately planted, usually after drainage). Large wetland areas have been drained and afforested in the Paraná River Delta, South America (Ceballos et al. 2013) and the Sanjiang Plain, China (Zhang et al. 2014). Removing trees may increase light intensity at the ground surface allowing herbaceous plants to grow (Aschehoug et al. 2015), and may allow the water table to rise somewhat, since water is no longer intercepted or taken up by the trees).
Related actions: Raise water level to restore degraded brackish/saline swamps; Raise water level to restore/create brackish/saline swamps from other land uses; Cut large trees/shrubs to maintain or restore disturbance; Use cutting to control problematic large trees/shrubs.
Aschehoug E.T., Sivakoff F.S., Cayton H.L., Morris W.F. & Haddad N.M. (2015) Habitat restoration affects immature stages of a wetland butterfly through indirect effects on predation. Ecology, 96, 1761–1767.
Ceballos D.S., Frangi J. & Jobbágy E.G. (2013) Soil volume and carbon storage shifts in drained and afforested wetlands of the Paraná River Delta. Biogeochemistry, 112, 359‒372.
Zhang B., Chang L., Ni Z., Callaham M.A., Sun X. & Wu D. (2014) Effects of land use changes on winter-active Collembola in Sanjiang Plain of China. Applied Soil Ecology, 83, 51‒58.