Using Long-Term Data to Optimize Recovery of Understory Plant Communities: Identifying the Management Contexts and Species Traits that Maximize the Likelihood of Sustained Persistence and Spread of Plant Populations
This project evaluated the combined long-term impacts of management, site characteristics, climate, and species traits on the on the long-term, local and outward recovery of understory plant communities in longleaf pine savannas through three complementary technical objectives. First, we evaluated if short-term recovery led to long-term recovery, as defined by species initial establishment and ongoing persistence. Second, we evaluated whether the understory species that established locally, spread outwardly. Third we identified whether trait characteristics were related to species establishment, persistence, and spread.