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EISENLOHR, Pedro Vasconcellos et al. Trails and their ecological role: what have we learned and what are the prospects for restoration of ecosystems?. Hoehnea [online]. 2013, vol.40, n.3, pp.407-418. ISSN 2236-8906.

We aimed at reviewing the ecological role of the trails and inserting this theme into restoration ecology projects. For a comprehensive understanding of this ecological role, we addressed the applicability of trails to Environmental Education (EE) projects and their impacts on vegetation. We showed that trails are suitable places to practice EE programs. On the other hand, we point out a number of potential concerns arising from the use and opening of trails as, for example, soil compaction and changes in the composition, structure, and diversity of adjacent vegetation. Hence, we indicate that trails can be addressed in restoration projects of ecosystems. We conclude by suggesting some questions that can guide future works on trails and vegetation, including their connections with restoration ecology.

Palavras-chave : Environmental Education; forest fragmentation; human impacts; soil compaction; species diversity.

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