Special Issue "The Influence of Forest Operations on the Sustainable Management of Forest Soils"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 2876
Interests: forest operations; forest engineering; mechanization; logging; harvesting; system analysis; safety and health in forest operations; productivity; logging contractors
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Interests: sustainability of forest operation; forest management; 3D photography; laser scanning; photogrammetry software; drones; Forestry 4.0; environmental impact assessment
Interests: forest engineering; forest harvesting; wood transportation; soil compaction; runoff and soil loss; environmentally sound forest operations; ergonomics in forestry; residual stand damage
One of the main topics in forestry in the last 20 years has been the effect of forest operations on the environment. According to the relatively new concept of SFO (sustainable forest operation), the minimization of soil impacts should be a key task to improve the environmental efficiency of timber logging.The use of heavy machinery in forest operations has many advantages, such as improved working efficiency and production performance. On the other hand, forestry operations may cause soil compaction, plastic soil disturbances, and rutting, which are responsible for undesirable effects on soils, vegetation, and water bodies. The soil system can suffer substantial, long-lasting, and sometimes irreversible damage from heavy machinery, negatively affecting forest productivity and ecosystem functionality. Soil disturbances are an unavoidable consequence of forestry operations; however, the severity of its impact is variable and can be managed through good planning and practices.
Despite the knowledge reached in recent years, some aspects are still unclear regarding the influence of different working conditions during forest operations to maintain sustainable management of forest soils.
In this context, forest operations should be studied and analyzed in order to maximize production and reduce their potential to cause negative environmental effects.
This Special Issue aims to provide new information on different aspects related to innovation, sustainability, and planning forest operations, such as:
i) The effects of forest operations in different working conditions and the management of soil’s physical, chemical and biological proprieties;
ii) The effects of forest operations on the components of the hydrologic cycle, the soil erosion processes, soil organic carbon, aggregate stability, and nutrient cycling;
iii) Innovative planning of forest operations, including remote sensing and ICT;
vi) Innovative approaches in reducing environmental impacts related to forest operations;
v) The recovery processes of soil’s physical, chemical, and biological proprieties in compaction-induced forest soil;
vi) Forest operation effects on forest soil from a climate change perspective;
vii) Forest road planning.
Dr. Enrico Marchi
Dr. Elena Marra
Prof. Dr. Meghdad Jourgholami
Manuscript Submission Information
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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.
- sustainable harvesting
- environmental impacts
- forest roads
- soil compaction
- soil physical–hydric properties
- soil erosion
- soil recovery process
- climate change