The Ten Principles of Ecological Restoration...
Utilize pioneer species and natural succession to
facilitate the restoration process
When a forest community colonizes an area of
open ground, there is a process of plant succession that takes place,
beginning with the pioneer species. These species typically are fast
growing and short lived. Seeds are widely dispersed and their successful
colonization creates a new set of environmental conditions that enable
the next stage in the procession to take root. This is a very dynamic
process and creates new niches for the organisms that are adapted to
exploit rapidly changing ecological factors.