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Special Issue "Monitoring and Management of Forest Recovery"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecology and Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 June 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Sarah L. Hall

Associate Professor and Chair Agriculture and Natural Resources, Berea College, Berea, KY 40404, USA
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Interests: Restoration Ecology, Plant Community Ecology, Plant-Soil Interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Forests worldwide are experiencing disturbances of both natural and anthropogenic origin, at many different spatial scales. Although this has been true throughout history, it is becoming increasingly difficult to categorize many disturbances, given that humans are altering the very climates that drive many so-called “natural” disturbances. This will become even more complex in the future, as biotic and abiotic factors interact to create disturbances with unknown outcomes. The ability of our forests to recover from future disturbances relies in large part on our ability to encourage succession and recovery in ways that incorporate the ecological integrity of the forest system. This issue aims to explore creative approaches to restoring forest systems following disturbance, and monitoring that recovery (please note that submissions should include some form of active restoration management, not monitoring alone). Manuscripts submitted may focus on disturbances at the stand/community to the ecosystem level, with emphasis on the methods used to facilitate restoration and to record changes over time as they relate to biotic and/or abiotic factors. Authors should link their work not only to the disturbance that was most recently experienced, but also to ecological resilience as it relates to possible future disturbances.

Prof. Sarah L. Hall
Guest Editor

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Restoration
  • Disturbance
  • Resilience
  • Succession
  • Ecosystem services

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Open AccessArticle Spoil Type Influences Soil Genesis and Forest Development on an Appalachian Surface Coal Mine Ten Years after Placement
Forests 2018, 9(12), 780; https://doi.org/10.3390/f9120780
Received: 15 November 2018 / Revised: 13 December 2018 / Accepted: 16 December 2018 / Published: 18 December 2018
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Surface mining for coal (or other mineral resources) is a major driver of land-use change around the world and especially in the Appalachian region of the United States. Intentional and well-informed reclamation of surface-mined land is critical for the restoration of healthy ecosystems [...] Read more.
Surface mining for coal (or other mineral resources) is a major driver of land-use change around the world and especially in the Appalachian region of the United States. Intentional and well-informed reclamation of surface-mined land is critical for the restoration of healthy ecosystems on these disturbed sites. In Appalachia, the pre-mining land cover is predominately mixed hardwood forest, with rich species diversity. In recent years, Appalachian mine reforestation has become an issue of concern, prompting the development of the Forestry Reclamation Approach, a series of mine reforestation recommendations. One of these recommendations is to use the best available soil substitute; however, the characteristics of the “best” soil substitute have been an issue. This study was initiated to compare the suitability of several types of mine spoil common in the Appalachian region: brown sandstone (Brown), gray sandstone (Gray), mixed spoils (Mixed), and shale (Shale). Experimental plots were established in 2007 with each spoil type replicated three times. These plots were planted with a mix of native hardwood species. Ten years after plot construction and planting, tree growth and canopy cover were highest in Brown, followed by Shale, Mixed, and Gray. Soil conditions (particularly pH) in Brown and Shale were more favorable for native tree growth than Mixed or Gray, largely explaining these differences in tree growth and canopy cover. However, soil chemistry did not clearly explain differences in tree growth between Brown and Shale. These differences were more likely related to differences in near-surface soil temperature, which is related to soil color and available shade. Full article
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