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Restoration of developed land can improve its future but cannot erase its past

Another interesting article I read this week was a story about how researchers from Michigan State University compared land in South Carolina that had been used for farming with land without a history of agriculture. By working to restore longleaf pine habitats on both types of plots, the team could paint a clearer picture of how a habitat’s history affects restoration efforts.

The researchers found that the effects of restoration outweighed the detriments from a plot’s previous land use two-to-one. Despite the benefits, however, restoration could not erase all of farming’s lasting effects.

You can read the story of what they did and what they found at MSU Today at https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2021/understanding-our-restoring-force.