Reduce intensity of vegetation harvest: freshwater marshes
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Harvesting vegetation less intensely may increase its capacity to recover. Harvesting a smaller area or removing fewer plants leaves a larger population of plants to grow or spread into harvested gaps. Removing less of each plant might avoid killing them and allow them to regrow. Techniques such as selective harvesting, thinning rather than clear-cutting, and patch retention harvesting are all included within this action. Caution: In some habitats, regular disturbance such as harvesting may be necessary to maintain the composition and diversity of plant and animal communities.
Note that studies comparing areas that remain unharvested to areas that become harvested, at any intensity, are not summarized as evidence for this action.