Successional stage

The term “successional stage” is apt. Successional pathways can be viewed as an improvisational drama in several acts, with each act featuring the performance of a different set of actors. Some actors perform throughout the drama, but others have cameo appearances in only one act. Although each act sets the stage for the next, forest regeneration has no director and only a roughly sketched script, creating a high degree of spontaneity, randomness, and uncertainty. Each successional production is unique. Even when people serve as directors during fallow management and active reforestation, their direction serves, at most, to guide forest regeneration into more restricted performances.

– Robin L. Chazdon (2008)
Second Growth – The promise of tropical forest regeneration in an age of deforestation. Page 87.

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