Bottlenecks for the Restoration of Chilean Native Forests

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During the last 5 years, the Mediterranean zone of Chile, considered as one of the global biodiversity hotspots, have undergone major disturbances that affected nearly 600,000 ha of forest plantations and native forests, creating an imperative for large-scale restoration of burned areas. Despite increasing investment in forest restoration in Chile, however, there are significant bottlenecks that will impeded successful implementation of and outcomes from restoration. This presentation will provide an overview of forest degradation and restoration initiatives in Chile, the primary bottlenecks to success and the main governmental and private efforts planned to overcome them.

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Enzo Martelli is a M.S. student in the Forestry program at University of Montana. His research interests include high-elevation ecosystems, successional dynamics and ecological restoration best practices. His undergraduate thesis at the Universidad de Concepcion, Chile, explored the invasion dynamics of lodgepole pine within native Araucaria forests in Chile, including implications for regeneration and stand structure. For his M.S. research, Enzo is studying the effectiveness of restoration treatments in whitebark pine ecosystems. He also serves as the student representative of the Latin American chapter of the Ecological Society of America.