The Restoration Webinar Series

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These webinars showcase innovative restoration techniques and best management practives while disscussing our biggest restoration challenges and success.

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Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Time: 2pm - 3pm (Eastern Time)
Topic: Fantasy Football for Community Restoration: Using Plant Traits to Restore a Hawaiian Lowland Wet Forests
Presenter: Laura Warman, Institute for Pacific Islands Forestry.
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As novel assemblages of native and non-native species become increasingly common globally, many conservation and restoration efforts haveHawaiian Lowland Wet Forest concentrated on the removal of exotic (and often invasive) species. However, in some cases, removing non-native species is no longer economically or ecologically feasible. This is the case in Hawaii, where more than half of the plants on the archipelago are exotic and where novel forests currently dominate the remaining areas of lowland wet forest. Furthermore, while there are many invasive plants species in Hawaii, some exotic species are thought to be providing important ecosystem goods and services (including benefits to native species). How can we keep native species in the lowland forests and maintain ecosystem goods and services, while minimizing the negative effects of invasive species? We suggest an approach similar to fantasy football, where ‘teams’ of species are picked to work together form self-sustaining units which maximize benefits for native biodiversity, carbon sequestration and sustainable forest structure. We based our choices of ‘players’ on functional trait characteristics of both native and non-native species, and on functional diversity indices from existing novel forests with varying degrees of domination by exotic species.


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Marilyn Williams, Training Technician, Conservation Science and Policy Branch, National Conservation Training Center at 304-876-7940; e-mail


Matthew Patterson, Course Leader, Conservation Science and Policy Branch, National Conservation Training Center at 304-876-7473; e-mail