Monitoring of restoration

Long-term flexible monitoring is essential for the validity of a restoration activity.


Without ensuring the future of the initial and necessary additional protective measures of a restored ecosystem, the project could be considered as abandoned.


Ways of monitoring:


Observations:

Natural regeneration: witnessing of recovery;

Comparative photos (with a difference of 10 years);

Use of drones (Shaded relief raster).


Conaf assessments of survival rates of reforestation planting:

Obligatory under the Law on Native Forest


Work of students (interns)


Trap cameras:

To monitor the return of wildlife


Chronicle of nature.

      

The ecosystem now:

Good natural tree regrowth on the valley floor (soil);

Main forest family – native Nothofagus trees;

Synergies between planted, remaining and regrown forest;

Active and constantly increasing bird life;

Wildlife: 3 families of foxes, pichis, occasional pumas and huemules (habitat repaired), bats (3 species), etc.

Active insect life;

Many native orchids - sign of rebound of the grassy part of the ecosystem;

Functioning wetlands and pit bogs.

Nature is taking its course, wildlife adopted the area,
A no-fear generation of wildlife is growing.


Criteria of success:

Nature is taking its course;

Wildlife adopted the area, a no-fear generation is growing, relations with animals re: shared forest are restored;

Important species like bats are considered as valuable;

Positive feedback of the ecosystem is transformed into negative feedback;

Signs of auto regulation are visible;


Some reading:

The restoration diagnostic