Restoration of Rivers Used for Timber Floating: Effects on Riparian Plant Diversity

Helfield, J.M., S.J. Capon, C. Nilsson, R. Jansson and D. Palm

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Fluvial processes such as flooding and sediment deposition play a crucial role in structuring riparian plant communities. In rivers throughout the world, these processes have been altered by channelization and other anthropogenic stresses. Yet despite increasing awareness of the need to restore natural flow regimes for the preservation of riparian biodiversity, few studies have examined the effects of river restoration on riparian ecosystems. In this study, we examined the effects of restoration in the Ume River system, northern Sweden, where tributaries were channelized to facilitate timber floating in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Ecological Applications