Mortality and revegetation of an old-growth forest buried by the Muddy River mudflow

Natural revegetation was studied in an old growth terrace forest buried by 25 to 150 cm of sand to boulder sized material from the Muddy River mudflow. Objectives were: 1) examine patterns of mortality, growth and revegetation along a gradient of mudflow deposition; 2) provide baseline data for future estimates of fragmentation and decay of mudflow killed trees and assess the influence of the dead trees on revegetation processes; 3) establish a 2.5 hectare grid of stem mapped forest to track ecosystem recovery and describe important processes through time.

 

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