The Forest Service brought together reforestation experts from across North America to discuss potential benefits of reforestation activities in the face of mounting challenges from invasive species, wildfires, diseases, and climate change. Six important questions emerged: what are the barriers to natural regeneration? When should land managers actively plant trees (or not) to ensure a heterogeneous landscape? What are the ecological and economic concerns when reforestation is delayed? How should managers employ traditional and novel silvicultural techniques in support of reforestation? How might land managers leverage reforestation to improve resilience of species affected by introduced pests? And, what are the potential carbon sequestration benefits of a robust reforestation program?
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White AM, Long JW (2019) Understanding ecological contexts for active reforestation following wildfires. New Forests 50: 41‒56. https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/57834
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