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Term Secondary forest
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Ecosystem that is regenerating based on a substantial change (flooding, agricultural burning, forest fires, land clearing, overuse, etc.). It is characterized by a low number of mature trees, and has an abundance of fast-growing species and thick vegetation made ??up of bushes and shrubs. There are early and late secondary forests; the former are younger in age than the latter.

Secondary forests in the Dominican Republic are more numerous than primary forests. This is due to the indiscriminate use of the latter, giving rise to secondary forests. Dry, disturbed forests are an example of secondary forests.1 Among typical species we find the Mesquite (Prosopis juliflora), the buckthorn (Acacia macracantha), the Guasábara (Cylindropuntia caribaea) and Candelon (Acacia scleroxyla). There is no precise information on how much of the country's current total forest cover, which is close to 33% of the nation’s land, is secondary forests.

1. Secretaría de Estado de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales. Atlas de los Recursos Naturales de la Republica Dominicana; Editora Búho: Santo Domingo, DO., 2004.


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