NEW!! The role of natural regeneration in large-scale forest and landscape restoration: Challenge and opportunity; Building the foundation for a global natural regeneration partnership
http://partners-rcn.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Natural_Regneration_Report.pdf

How to scale-up regreening in arid degraded landscapes. Chris Reij and Dennis Garrity present principles for scaling-up restoration that apply to other types of landscapes as well.
http://www.wri.org/publication/scaling-regreening-six-steps-success

Smart reforestation must go beyond carbon. CIFOR blog about recent PARTNERS working group #3 paper by Locatelli et al. in Resotoration Ecology
http://blog.cifor.org/28542/smart-reforestation-must-go-beyond-carbon-expert#.VWuVemA-BsP

New Publications by PARTNERS Members:

Atkinson, E. E., and E. Marín-Spiotta. 2015. Land use legacy effects on structure and composition of subtropical dry forests in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Forest Ecology and Management 335:270–280.

Andersson, K., D. Lawrence, J. Zavaleta, and M. R. Guariguata. 2015. More Trees, More Poverty? The Socioeconomic Effects of Tree Plantations in Chile, 2001–2011. Environmental Management:1–14.

Baird, I. G., and J. Fox. 2015. How Land Concessions Affect Places Elsewhere: Telecoupling, Political Ecology, and Large-Scale Plantations in Southern Laos and Northeastern Cambodia. Land 4:436–453.

Balthazar, V., V. Vanacker, A. Molina, and E. F. Lambin. 2015. Impacts of forest cover change on ecosystem services in high Andean mountains. Ecological Indicators 48:63–75.

Bertacchi, M. I. F., N. T. Amazonas, P. H. Brancalion, G. E. Brondani, A. Oliveira, M. A. Pascoa, and R. R. Rodrigues. 2016. Establishment of tree seedlings in the understory of restoration plantations: natural regeneration and enrichment plantings. Restoration Ecology 24:100–108.

Bongers, F., R. Chazdon, L. Poorter, and M. Peña-Claros. 2015. The potential of secondary forests. Science 348:642–643.

de Castro Solar, R. R., J. Barlow, A. N. Andersen, J. H. Schoereder, E. Berenguer, J. N. Ferreira, and T. A. Gardner. 2016. Biodiversity consequences of land-use change and forest disturbance in the Amazon: A multi-scale assessment using ant communities. Biological Conservation 197:98–107.

Ceccon, E., E. J. González, and C. Martorell. In press. Is Direct Seeding a Biologically Viable Strategy for Restoring Forest Ecosystems? Evidences from a Meta-Analysis. Land Degradation & Development. DOI: 10.1002/ldr.2421.

Ceccon, E., J. I. Barrera-Cataño, J. Aronson, and C. Martínez-Garza. 2015. The socioecological complexity of ecological restoration in Mexico. Restoration Ecology.

Chan, K. M. A., P. Balvanera, K. Benessaiah, M. Chapman, S. Díaz, E. Gómez-Baggethun, R. Gould, N. Hannahs, K. Jax, S. Klain, G. W. Luck, B. Martín-López, B. Muraca, B. Norton, K. Ott, U. Pascual, T. Satterfield, M. Tadaki, J. Taggart, and N. Turner. 2016. Opinion: Why protect nature? Rethinking values and the environment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113:1462–1465.

Chazdon, R. L., P. H. S. Brancalion, L. Laestadius, A. Bennett-Curry, K. Buckingham, C. Kumar, J. Moll-Rocek, I. C. G. Vieira, and S. J. Wilson. 2016. When is a forest a forest? Forest concepts and definitions in the era of forest and landscape restoration. Ambio:1–13.

Chazdon, R. L., P. H. S. Brancalion, D. Lamb, L. Laestadius, M. Calmon, and C. Kumar. 2015. A Policy-Driven Knowledge Agenda for Global Forest and Landscape Restoration. Conservation Letters: In Press. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12220

Derroire, G., P. Balvanera, C. Castellanos-Castro, G. Decocq, D. K. Kennard, E. Lebrija-Trejos, J. A. Leiva, P.-C. Odén, J. S. Powers, V. Rico-Gray, M. Tigabu, and J. R. Healey. 2016. Resilience of tropical dry forests – a meta-analysis of changes in species diversity and composition during secondary succession. Oikos: In Press. DOI: 10.1111/oik.03229

Douterlungne, D., B. G. Ferguson, I. Siddique, L. Soto-Pinto, G. Jímenez-Ferrer, and M. E. Gavito. In press. Microsite determinants of variability in seedling and cutting establishment in tropical forest restoration plantations. Restoration Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/rec.12247.

Dutrieux, L. P., C. C. Jakovac, S. H. Latifah, and L. Kooistra. 2016. Reconstructing land use history from Landsat time-series: Case study of a swidden agriculture system in Brazil. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 47:112–124.

Fagan, M. E., R. S. DeFries, S. E. Sesnie, J. P. Arroyo-Mora, C. Soto, A. Singh, P. A. Townsend, and R. L. Chazdon. 2015. Mapping Species Composition of Forests and Tree Plantations in Northeastern Costa Rica with an Integration of Hyperspectral and Multitemporal Landsat Imagery. Remote Sensing 7:5660–5696.

Fagan, M. e., R. s. DeFries, S. e. Sesnie, J. p. Arroyo, and R. l. Chazdon. 2016. Targeted reforestation could reverse declines in connectivity for understory birds in a tropical habitat corridor. Ecological Applications: In Press. DOI: 10.1890/14-2188

Freeman, A. N. D., C. P. Catterall, and K. Freebody. 2015. Use of restored habitat by rainforest birds is limited by spatial context and species’ functional traits but not by their predicted climate sensitivity. Biological Conservation 186:107–114.

Holl, K. D., and R. A. Zahawi. 2014. Factors explaining variability in woody above-ground biomass accumulation in restored tropical forest. Forest Ecology and Management 319:36–43.

Jakovac, C. C., M. Peña-Claros, T. W. Kuyper, and F. Bongers. 2015. Loss of secondary-forest resilience by land-use intensification in the Amazon. Journal of Ecology 103:67–77.

Juan-Baeza, I., C. Martínez-Garza, and E. del-Val. 2015. Recovering More than Tree Cover: Herbivores and Herbivory in a Restored Tropical Dry Forest. PloS one 10:e0128583.

Latawiec, A. E., B. B. Strassburg, P. H. Brancalion, R. R. Rodrigues, and T. Gardner. 2015. Creating space for large-scale restoration in tropical agricultural landscapes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 13:211–218.

Letcher, S. G., J. R. Lasky, R. L. Chazdon, N. Norden, S. J. Wright, J. A. Meave, E. A. Pérez-García, R. Muñoz, E. Romero-Pérez, A. Andrade, J. L. Andrade, P. Balvanera, J. M. Becknell, T. V. Bentos, R. Bhaskar, F. Bongers, V. Boukili, P. H. S. Brancalion, R. G. César, D. A. Clark, D. B. Clark, D. Craven, A. DeFrancesco, J. M. Dupuy, B. Finegan, E. González-Jiménez, J. S. Hall, K. E. Harms, J. L. Hernández-Stefanoni, P. Hietz, D. Kennard, T. J. Killeen, S. G. Laurance, E. E. Lebrija-Trejos, M. Lohbeck, M. Martínez-Ramos, P. E. S. Massoca, R. C. G. Mesquita, F. Mora, R. Muscarella, H. Paz, F. Pineda-García, J. S. Powers, R. Quesada-Monge, R. R. Rodrigues, M. E. Sandor, L. Sanaphre-Villanueva, E. Schüller, N. G. Swenson, A. Tauro, M. Uriarte, M. van Breugel, O. Vargas-Ramírez, R. A. G. Viani, A. L. Wendt, and G. B. Williamson. 2015. Environmental gradients and the evolution of successional habitat specialization: a test case with 14 Neotropical forest sites. Journal of Ecology 103:1276–1290.

Locatelli, B., C. P. Catterall, P. Imbach, C. Kumar, R. Lasco, E. Marín-Spiotta, B. Mercer, J. S. Powers, N. Schwartz, and M. Uriarte. 2015. Tropical reforestation and climate change: beyond carbon. Restoration Ecology 23: 337-343.

Mayes, M. T., J. F. Mustard, and J. M. Melillo. 2015. Forest cover change in Miombo Woodlands: modeling land cover of African dry tropical forests with linear spectral mixture analysis. Remote Sensing of Environment 165:203–215.

McGroddy, M. E., A. M. Lerner, D. V. Burbano, L. C. Schneider, and T. K. Rudel. 2015. Carbon Stocks in Silvopastoral Systems: A Study from Four Communities in Southeastern Ecuador. Biotropica 47:407–415.

Menge, D. N. L., and R. L. Chazdon. 2016. Higher survival drives the success of nitrogen-fixing trees through succession in Costa Rican rainforests. New Phytologist 209:965–977.

Mesquita, R. de C. G., P. E. dos Santos Massoca, C. C. Jakovac, T. V. Bentos, and G. B. Williamson. 2015. Amazon Rain Forest Succession: Stochasticity or Land-Use Legacy? BioScience 65:849–861.

Mora, F., M. Martínez-Ramos, G. Ibarra-Manríquez, A. Pérez-Jiménez, J. Trilleras, and P. Balvanera. 2015. Testing Chronosequences through Dynamic Approaches: Time and Site Effects on Tropical Dry Forest Succession. Biotropica 47:38–48.

Murcia, C., M. R. Guariguata, Á. Andrade, G. I. Andrade, J. Aronson, E. M. Escobar, A. Etter, F. H. Moreno, W. Ramírez, and E. Montes. 2015. Challenges and prospects for scaling-up ecological restoration to meet international commitments: Colombia as a case study. Conservation Letters.

Mukul, S. A., J. Herbohn, and J. Firn. 2016. Tropical secondary forests regenerating after shifting cultivation in the Philippines uplands are important carbon sinks. Scientific Reports 6:22483.

Norden, N., H. A. Angarita, F. Bongers, M. Martínez-Ramos, I. Granzow-de la Cerda, M. van Breugel, E. Lebrija-Trejos, J. A. Meave, J. Vandermeer, G. B. Williamson, B. Finegan, R. Mesquita, and R.L. Chazdon. 2015. Successional dynamics in Neotropical forests are as uncertain as they are predictable. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112:8013–8018.

Ponette-González, A. G., K. A. Brauman, E. Marín-Spiotta, K. A. Farley, K. C. Weathers, K. R. Young, and L. M. Curran. 2015. Managing water services in tropical regions: From land cover proxies to hydrologic fluxes. Ambio 44:367–375.

Ponette-González, A. G., E. Marín-Spiotta, K. A. Brauman, K. A. Farley, K. C. Weathers, and K. R. Young. 2013. Hydrologic connectivity in the high-elevation tropics: Heterogeneous responses to land change. BioScience:bit013.

Poorter, L., F. Bongers, T. M. Aide, A. M. Almeyda Zambrano, P. Balvanera, J. M. Becknell, V. Boukili, P. H. S. Brancalion, E. N. Broadbent, R. L. Chazdon, D. Craven, J. S. de Almeida-Cortez, G. A. L. Cabral, B. H. J. de Jong, J. S. Denslow, D. H. Dent, S. J. DeWalt, J. M. Dupuy, S. M. Durán, M. M. Espírito-Santo, M. C. Fandino, R. G. César, J. S. Hall, J. L. Hernandez-Stefanoni, C. C. Jakovac, A. B. Junqueira, D. Kennard, S. G. Letcher, J.-C. Licona, M. Lohbeck, E. Marín-Spiotta, M. Martínez-Ramos, P. Massoca, J. A. Meave, R. Mesquita, F. Mora, R. Muñoz, R. Muscarella, Y. R. F. Nunes, S. Ochoa-Gaona, A. A. de Oliveira, E. Orihuela-Belmonte, M. Peña-Claros, E. A. Pérez-García, D. Piotto, J. S. Powers, J. Rodríguez-Velázquez, I. E. Romero-Pérez, J. Ruíz, J. G. Saldarriaga, A. Sanchez-Azofeifa, N. B. Schwartz, M. K. Steininger, N. G. Swenson, M. Toledo, M. Uriarte, M. van Breugel, H. van der Wal, M. D. M. Veloso, H. F. M. Vester, A. Vicentini, I. C. G. Vieira, T. V. Bentos, G. B. Williamson, and D. M. A. Rozendaal. 2016. Biomass resilience of Neotropical secondary forests. Nature 530:211–214.

Reid, J. L., C. D. Mendenhall, R. A. Zahawi, and K. D. Holl. 2015. Scale-dependent effects of forest restoration on Neotropical fruit bats. Restoration Ecology 23:681-689.

Reid, J. L., K. D. Holl, and R. A. Zahawi. 2014. Seed dispersal limitations shift over time in tropical forest restoration. Ecological Applications 25:1072–1082.

Reid, J. L., C. D. Mendenhall, J. A. Rosales, R. A. Zahawi, and K. D. Holl. 2014. Landscape Context Mediates Avian Habitat Choice in Tropical Forest Restoration. PLoS ONE 9:e90573.

Rozendaal, D. A., and R. L. Chazdon. 2015. Demographic drivers of tree biomass change during secondary succession in northeastern Costa Rica. Ecological Applications 25:506-516..

Rudel, T. K. 2015. Have tropical deforestation’s changing dynamics created conservation opportunities? A historical analysis. Environmental Conservation 42: 108-118.

Salisbury, C. L., and C. Potvin. 2015. Does Tree Species Composition Affect Productivity in a Tropical Planted Forest? Biotropica 47:559–568.

Schweizer, D., R. Machado, G. Durigan, and P. H. S. Brancalion. 2015. Phylogenetic patterns of Atlantic forest restoration communities are mainly driven by stochastic, dispersal related factors. Forest Ecology and Management 354:300–308.

Shaver, I., A. Chain-Guadarrama, K. A. Cleary, A. Sanfiorenzo, R. J. Santiago-García, B. Finegan, L. Hormel, N. Sibelet, L. A. Vierling, and N. A. Bosque-Pérez. 2015. Coupled social and ecological outcomes of agricultural intensification in Costa Rica and the future of biodiversity conservation in tropical agricultural regions. Global Environmental Change 32:74-86.

Shoo, L. P., K. Freebody, J. Kanowski, and C. P. Catterall. 2016. Slow recovery of tropical old-field rainforest regrowth and the value and limitations of active restoration. Conservation Biology 30:121–132.

Sloan, S., M. Goosem, and S. G. Laurance. 2015. Tropical forest regeneration following land abandonment is driven by primary rainforest distribution in an old pastoral region. Landscape Ecology:1–18.

Sloan, S. 2015. The development-driven forest transition and its utility for REDD+. Ecological Economics 116:1–11.

Sloan, S., and J. A. Sayer. 2015. Forest Resources Assessment of 2015 shows positive global trends but forest loss and degradation persist in poor tropical countries. Forest Ecology and Management 352:134–145.

Smith, A. P., E. Marín-Spiotta, M. A. de Graaff, and T. C. Balser. 2014. Microbial community structure varies across soil organic matter aggregate pools during tropical land cover change. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 77:292–303.

Stefanski, S. F., X. Shi, J. S. Hall, A. Hernandez, and E. P. Fenichel. 2015. Teak–cattle production tradeoffs for Panama Canal Watershed small scale producers. Forest Policy and Economics 56:48–56.

Summers, D. M., B. A. Bryan, M. Nolan, and T. J. Hobbs. 2015. The costs of reforestation: A spatial model of the costs of establishing environmental and carbon plantings. Land Use Policy 44:110–121.

Uriarte, M., J. R. Lasky, V. K. Boukili, and R. L. Chazdon. 2016. A trait-mediated, neighbourhood approach to quantify climate impacts on successional dynamics of tropical rainforests. Functional Ecology 30:157–167.

Vergara-Asenjo, G., D. Sharma, and C. Potvin. 2015. Engaging Stakeholders: Assessing Accuracy of Participatory Mapping of Land Cover in Panama. Conservation Letters 0:1-8.

Vogt, N. D., M. Pinedo-Vasquez, E. S. Brondízio, O. Almeida, and S. Rivero. 2015. Forest Transitions in Mosaic Landscapes: Smallholder’s Flexibility in Land-Resource Use Decisions and Livelihood Strategies From World War II to the Present in the Amazon Estuary. Society & Natural Resources 0:1–16.

Wandelli, E. V., and P. M. Fearnside. 2015. Secondary vegetation in central Amazonia: Land-use history effects on aboveground biomass. Forest Ecology and Management 347:140–148.

Wilson, S. J., and J. M. Rhemtulla. 2016. Acceleration and novelty: community restoration speeds recovery and transforms species composition in Andean cloud forest. Ecological Applications 26:203–218.

Wright, G. D., K. Andersson, C. Gibson, and T. Evans. 2015. What incentivizes local forest conservation efforts? Evidence from Bolivia. International Journal of the Commons 9:322–346.

Zahawi, R. A., J. L. Reid, and K. D. Holl. 2014. Hidden Costs of Passive Restoration. Restoration Ecology 22:284–287.