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dc.contributor.authorBartolome, Jordi
dc.contributor.authorBoada, Martín
dc.contributor.authorSaurí, David
dc.contributor.authorSánchez, Sònia
dc.contributor.authorPlaixats, Josefina
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-05T07:11:18Z
dc.date.available2020-09-05T07:11:18Z
dc.date.issued2008-03-01
dc.identifier.citationBartolomé, J., Boada, M., Saurí, D., Sánchez, S., & Plaixats, J. (2008). Conifer dispersion on subalpine pastures in northeastern Spain: characteristics and implications for rangeland management. Rangeland Ecology & Management, 61(2), 218-225.
dc.identifier.issn0022-409X
dc.identifier.doi10.2111/07-052.1
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/642944
dc.description.abstractPinus sylvestris L. and Pinus mugo Turra originating from two plantations established during the 1960s are invading subalpine heathlands higher than 1 500 m above sea level in Montseny Natural Park (northeast Spain). Both species are native at a regional scale but may not have been present in the park’s subalpine vegetation previously. In addition, Abies alba P. Mill., which is in regression in many areas in Europe, is also colonizing the area from a neighboring natural forest. This invasion appears to be stimulated by a combination of natural and human factors, including differences between vegetation components, climate (i.e., drought periods), changes in land use due to conservation policies (i.e., suppressing fire or grazing practices), the creation of the plantations, and probably the nurse role played by accompanying dwarf shrubs (Calluna vulgaris [L.] Hull and Juniperus communis subsp. nana [Willd.] Syme). We examined the effects of this process in terms of the spatial dispersion and characteristics of the established conifers and deduce implications for the conservation of isolated subalpine pastures in Mediterranean Basin mountains. P. sylvestris was the most successful invading species in this area. The P. mugo invasion is distributed mainly near the plantation. The only native conifer species, A. alba, appears to be colonizing only the eastern slope. The invasion process is related to the diversity and species richness recorded on each slope. Conserving valuable subalpine heathlands at the latitude of the Montseny mountain range implies suppressing propagule pressures from the plantations. The option of removing conifers that are nonnative, at a local scale, must be considered. However, in the case of the native A. alba this option leads to a management conflict between conserving former pastureland and the dispersion of A. alba. 
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSociety for Range Management
dc.relation.urlhttps://rangelands.org/
dc.rightsCopyright © Society for Range Management.
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dc.subjectAbies
dc.subjectcolonization
dc.subjectland use
dc.subjectMediterranean mountains
dc.subjectPinus
dc.subjectplantation
dc.titleConifer Dispersion on Subalpine Pastures in Northeastern Spain: Characteristics and Implications for Rangeland Management
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dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.journalRangeland Ecology & Management
dc.description.collectioninformationThe Rangeland Ecology & Management archives are made available by the Society for Range Management and the University of Arizona Libraries. Contact lbry-journals@email.arizona.edu for further information.
dc.eprint.versionFinal published version
dc.description.admin-noteMigrated from OJS platform August 2020
dc.source.volume61
dc.source.issue2
dc.source.beginpage218-225
refterms.dateFOA2020-09-05T07:11:18Z


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