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Forests 2016, 7(11), 285; doi:10.3390/f7110285

Assessment of Forest Management in Protected Areas Based on Multidisciplinary Research

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Department of Development Studies, Faculty of Science, Palacky University, 17 listopadu 12, 771 46 Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Department of Forest Management and Applied Geoinformatics, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Mendel University, Zemedelska 3, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic
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Department of Geology and Pedology, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Mendel University, Zemedelska 3, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic
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Department of Geoinformatics, Faculty of Science, Palacky University, 17 listopadu 12, 771 46 Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Received: 6 September 2016 / Revised: 7 November 2016 / Accepted: 12 November 2016 / Published: 16 November 2016
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The remnants of primeval Norway spruce forests in the European temperate zone are crucial for maintaining forest biodiversity in high mountain landscapes. This paper presents results of a multidisciplinary research and evaluation project on the management practices for mountain spruce forests in the Natura 2000 site (National Nature Reserve Serak-Keprnik in the Hruby Jesenik Mountains, the Czech Republic). Results are based on combining research on the historical development of the forest ecosystem and predictions of future dynamics using a forest growth simulation model. The presented results show that a non-intervention management strategy for mountain spruce forest in the next 50 years complies with the Natura 2000 requirement to maintain the existing character of the forest habitat. Thus, the results indicate that the current management plan for the spruce forests does not require significant corrections in the context of its conservation goals (i.e., maintaining biodiversity and current character of the forest ecosystem dominated by Norway spruce). The results of this study suggest that combining the knowledge of historical development with forest inventory data using forest growth simulation represents a suitable support tool for the assessment of management practices for forest habitats in protected areas. View Full-Text
Keywords: biodiversity conservation; forest history; forest management practices; growth simulation model; Natura 2000; Norway spruce forests biodiversity conservation; forest history; forest management practices; growth simulation model; Natura 2000; Norway spruce forests
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Machar, I.; Simon, J.; Rejsek, K.; Pechanec, V.; Brus, J.; Kilianova, H. Assessment of Forest Management in Protected Areas Based on Multidisciplinary Research. Forests 2016, 7, 285.

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