Special Issue "Can Managing Mixed Stands Mitigate Severe Environmental Change Impacts on Forests?"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecology and Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 2 April 2024 | Viewed by 143

Special Issue Editor

Department of Ecology and Silviculture, University of Agriculture in Krakow, 31-120 Krakow, Poland
Interests: climate-smart forestry; adaptive silviculture; regeneration methods; natural and artificial regeneration; intermediate treatments; silvicultural prescription; mixed forest performance; conversion methods; mixed-species forest growth models; inter-and intra-specific relationships; old-growth forests
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Forests are the key component of life in the world and play an irreplaceable role in many global and local environmental, social and economic processes. Currently, we are experiencing numerous severe environmental impacts on forests that are mostly related to climate change. One of the main challenges is to sustain the integrity of forest ecosystems and ensure that all needed and expected ecosystem goods and services are delivered by forests. In light of the threats to forests, it is necessary to undertake any possible measures that could be applied to maintain forests in a good condition.

Among many other solutions, shaping and maintaining mixed-species forests (MSF) appears to be justified in many cases and can be rationalized based on science. The launched Special Issue plans to provide an overview of the most recent advances in the field of mixed-species forest management and how it can help to mitigate the impacts of environmental change on forests. This Special Issue is aimed at providing selected contributors with advances in renewal, tending operations, harvesting methods and any other management activities applied in a mixed-species forest concerning the occurrence and prediction of environmental changes.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • mixed-species forest performance
  • productivity and stability of MSF
  • influence of environmental changes on growth characteristics of MSF
  • resistance, resilience and recovery of MSF
  • a modified or new concept of silvicultural intervention in MSF
  • growth models of MSF
  • policy and governance of MSF

Prof. Dr. Maciej Pach
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • climate change
  • adaptive forest management
  • silviculture prescriptions
  • growth models
  • resistance
  • resilience
  • governance

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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