Retrogressive Succession and Restoration on Old Landscapes

  • Joe Walker
  • Paul Reddell


Any environmental restoration program should progress through stages of planning, implementation, and monitoring. It is mainly in the planning phase that concepts about succession are most useful. In this phase, a key conceptual question relates to whether ecosystems developed on old weathered landscapes have the same resilience (the ability to spring back) as young landscapes developed after the last glacial period or on new substrates. Many old landscapes are known to exhibit natural retrogression; they become leaky, losing nutrients or become less efficient in carbon or water cycling. Consequently, old landscapes can be expected to respond differently to disturbance and restoration activities compared with young landscapes (Walker et al. 2001).


Agricultural Water Management Dryland Salinity Perennial Pasture Wildlife Corridor Tree Belt 
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