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Challenges for Uneven-Aged Silviculture in Restoration of Post-Disturbance Forests

Version 1 : Received: 18 July 2017 / Approved: 18 July 2017 / Online: 18 July 2017 (13:22:12 CEST)

How to cite: Diaci, J.; Roženbergar, D.; Fidej, G.; Nagel, T.A. Challenges for Uneven-Aged Silviculture in Restoration of Post-Disturbance Forests. Preprints 2017, 2017070051 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201707.0051.v1). Diaci, J.; Roženbergar, D.; Fidej, G.; Nagel, T.A. Challenges for Uneven-Aged Silviculture in Restoration of Post-Disturbance Forests. Preprints 2017, 2017070051 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201707.0051.v1).

Abstract

Forest managers are often required to restore forest stands following natural disturbances, a situation that may become more common and more challenging under global change. In parts of Central Europe, particularly in mountain regions dominated by mixed temperate forests, the use of relatively low intensity, uneven-aged silviculture is a common management approach. Because this type of management is based on mimicking less intense disturbances, the restoration of more severe disturbance patches within forested landscapes has received little attention within the context of uneven-aged silviculture in the region. The goal of this paper is to synthesize research on the restoration of forests damaged by disturbances in temperate forests of Slovenia and neighbouring regions of Central Europe, where uneven-aged silviculture is practiced. We place particular emphasis on the most important biotic and abiotic drivers of post-disturbance regeneration, and use this information to inform silvicultural decisions about applying natural or artificial regeneration in disturbed areas. We conclude with guidelines for restoration silviculture in uneven-aged forest landscapes.

Subject Areas

natural disturbance; advance regeneration; planting; natural regeneration; uneven-aged silviculture

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