Identifying Effective Strategies for Converting Suburban Lawn into Restored Forest

Human development has resulted in significant loss of woodland habitat and its associated biodiversity. Thus, preserving and restoring forest habitats is critical for recovering this biodiversity, as well as the ecosystem services forests provide. While much attention has been devoted to restoring degraded woodlands to their historical conditions, fewer studies have attempted to understand the process of transforming highly-altered, suburban lawn-dominated landscapes into healthy forest ecosystems.