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dc.contributor.authorScherrer, P
dc.contributor.authorPickering, CM
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T13:21:03Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T13:21:03Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.date.modified2009-09-15T07:37:08Z
dc.identifier.issn1523-0430
dc.identifier.doi10.1657/1523-0430(2006)38[239:ROAHOA]2.0.CO;2
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/14484
dc.description.abstractHuman use of arctic and alpine environments can result in damage to the natural vegetation and soils. Restoration of the damage can have limited success due to the severity of the environment, which restricts plant germination and growth and increases the potential for soil erosion. In this study, we evaluated the success of restoration of a closed track in the alpine area around continental Australia's highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko. Vegetation and soils along a 4 km walking track (that was closed and rehabilitated more than 15 yr ago) were compared with the adjacent undisturbed vegetation and soils. There was limited success in restoration with clear differences in soil nutrients, extent of vegetation cover, plant species composition, and height of vegetation between the track and adjacent natural vegetation sampled using 1 m2 quadrats. The study highlights the need for limiting disturbance in such environments, and for ongoing rehabilitation in areas that have been disturbed. It also indicates that when non-native species are used in rehabilitation, they may not necessarily be succeeded by natives, particularly if soil conditions do not return to a state similar to undisturbed areas.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherInstitute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado
dc.publisher.placeBoulder, USA
dc.publisher.urihttp://instaar.colorado.edu/AAAR/about_aaar/index.php
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom239
dc.relation.ispartofpageto248
dc.relation.ispartofjournalArctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research
dc.relation.ispartofvolume38
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPhysical geography and environmental geoscience
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode3709
dc.titleRecovery of Alpine Herbfield on a Closed Walking Track in the Kosciuszko Alpine Zone, Australia.
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyGriffith Sciences, Griffith School of Environment
gro.date.issued2006
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorScherrer, Pascal
gro.griffith.authorPickering, Catherine M.


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