Continuous Cover Forestry (Managing Forest Ecosystems) by Timo Pukkala, Klaus von Gadow

By Timo Pukkala, Klaus von Gadow

Even if nearly all of the world’s wooded area ecosystems are ruled by means of uneven-sized multi-species stands, wooded area administration perform and idea has fascinated about the advance of plantation monocultures to maximise the provision of bushes at low-priced. Societal expectancies are altering, notwithstanding, and uneven-aged multi-species ecosystems, selectively controlled as non-stop hide Forestry (CCF), are usually believed to be improved to monocultures in addressing quite a lot of expectancies. This publication offers methods  that are proper to CCF administration and making plans: analysing wooded area buildings, silvicultural and making plans, fiscal overview, according to examples in Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South the United States.

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The undestorey, which is uneven-sized and often also uneven-aged, is subjected to repeated high thinnings. If the gradual regeneration slows down or stops, larger canopy gaps are opened to encourage the regeneration of shade-intolerant species, under which shade-tolerant species start to enter again. Finally, the stand may be regenerated with the shelterwood method and in some cases also with heavier fellings. This kind of management, which need not necessarily be similar in all stands, is often more profitable than RFM since the intervals between expensive artificial regeneration efforts are longer, and harvests mainly remove financially mature large trees having high opportunity cost (stumpage value) but low relative value increment.

Gadow et al. and Fingleton 1989, 1990; Biber 1997; Gleichmar and Gerold 1998; Smaltschinski 1998; Gadow 1999). For practical forestry purposes, where complete mappings of populations are normally not feasible, the distance methods are particularly useful. These methods, which are also used for density estimation, are based on nearestneighbour distances. The measurements made are of two basic types: distances from a sample point to a tree or from a tree to a tree. Again from these methods the T square sampling (Besag and Glaves 1973) and their modifications (Hines and Hines 1979) are particularly useful (Diggle et al.

We then give examples of measuring tree size diversity. Finally, we deal with species diversity, again in a spatial context. 2 Forest Structure and Diversity 47 + Fig. 1 Assessment Traditionally, a forest ecosystem is characterised by area-based attributes (basal area, biomass, number of trees per hectare), mean values and distributions (diameters), and relationships (DBH-height regression). These classical attributes of a forest ecosystem are usually assessed in the field by sampling in field plots of specified shape and size (Kleinn et al.

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