Special Issue "Effects of Different Forestry Treatments on Forest Biodiversity and Regeneration"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2023) | Viewed by 1173

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Faculty of Resource Management, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst - Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen, Hildesheim, Germany
Interests: forest ecology; maintaining ecological functions and managing biodiversity under global change conditions; natural risks; disturbance ecology; sustainable land use; forest bioeconomy; nature-based solutions; renewable raw materials; cooperative research
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Faculty of Resource Management, University of Applied Sciences Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen [HAWK], Büsgenweg 1a, D-37077 Göttingen, Germany
Interests: silviculture and forest ecology; forest regeneration; tree species; forest and site inventory; N and C cycle; fine root growth; alien tree species; biological invasions; vegetation science; wildlife biology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Forestry measures must meet a multitude of new requirements in the face of changing and more dynamic environmental conditions and modern societal demands. The search is on for creative solutions for different starting conditions. For example, it may be possible to establish a form of plantation specifically for small-scale farming systems in developing countries that considers both the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The objective is to find forms of management which on the one hand open up opportunities to make a plantation or forest profitable, and on the other promote forest biological diversity. This is in the spirit of Nature-based solutions (NbSs), which are defined by IUCN as “actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits”. Here we particularly ask for manuscripts focusing on the following questions:

(1) Comparing different intensities of utilization, from mono-dominated plantations of non-native tree species or cultivated hybrids to multifunctional, integrative forest management and unmanaged forests. Which systems can and cannot achieve what in terms of forest biodiversity and regeneration? How could biodiversity be significantly improved?

(2) How can the biodiversity of sparse woodland derived from past use be maintained with appropriate new measures? How should multifunctional uses (forest farming, mycoforestry) or agroforests be integrated and optimized with regard to forest biodiversity and regeneration?

(3) Succession patterns after disturbance: When and where should succession be allowed to run subspontaneously? How should one interact with early-, medium- or late-successional species or species with special plant functional properties?

Prof. Dr. Helge Walentowski
Prof. Dr. Torsten Vor
Guest Editors

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  • tree species
  • forest biodiversity management
  • improved knowledge sharing
  • biodiversity trends in space and time
  • interconnected research

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Harvest Intensity Impacts Nutrient Status and Young Stand Development in Latvian Hemiboreal Forest
Forests 2023, 14(4), 764; https://doi.org/10.3390/f14040764 - 07 Apr 2023
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This study aimed to compare the effects of whole-tree and stem-only harvesting in hemiboreal forests in Latvia. Chemistry of soil solution, precipitation, litter and needles, as well as tree parameters in regenerated stands were measured from 2012 to 2021 in oligotrophic and mesotrophic [...] Read more.
This study aimed to compare the effects of whole-tree and stem-only harvesting in hemiboreal forests in Latvia. Chemistry of soil solution, precipitation, litter and needles, as well as tree parameters in regenerated stands were measured from 2012 to 2021 in oligotrophic and mesotrophic Scots pine sites with mineral soils and a eutrophic Norway spruce site with drained peat soil. Compared to the undisturbed control, the soil solution pH was significantly lower and N-NO3 and K+ concentrations were significantly higher after stem-only harvesting at the oligotrophic site, stem-only and whole-tree harvesting at the mesotrophic site and whole-tree harvesting at the eutrophic site. The height growth of the regenerated stands in all sites was similar for both harvesting methods six years after planting. More slender trees were observed after whole-tree harvesting than after stem-only harvesting at the eutrophic site. Whole-tree harvesting produced significant negative short-term effects on height growth in the oligotrophic site four to six years after harvest. The nutrient levels of needles differed with harvest intensity but did not indicate insufficient nutrient availability with any type of harvesting. Full article
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