Special Issue "Forest Restoration and Regeneration"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 July 2013)
Prof. Dr. Jean-Claude Ruel (Website)
Département des Sciences du Bois et de la Forêt, Faculté de Foresterie, de Géographie et de Géomatique, Université Laval, Pavillon Abitibi-Price, Local 2148, 2405, rue de la Terrasse, Québec G1V 0A6, Canada
Fax: 418 656 5262
Interests: windthrow; silviculture; applied ecology; forest management; ecosystem management; forest regeneration
Old-forests provide an array of economic and ecological services. However, past pressures on these forests have induced profound modifications of their structure and function. Among the most important shifts are a simplification of stand structure, a reduction of tree species diversity and of the dead wood component. All these changes are likely to impact animal species that depend on these attributes. In some other cases, tree quality has been reduced and future yields may be compromised, limiting the use that can be made of these forests in the future. Given the current interest for sustainable forest management and the protection of biodiversity, a number of initiatives have been taken to reintroduce some of these attributes. Sharing the knowledge issued from these initiatives will provide guidance for future restoration attempts.
The special issue on “Forest Restoration and Regeneration” is targeting papers dealing with restoring old-forests attributes. This includes regeneration of vulnerable species or species that were previously more abundant, as well as practices to modify the structure of existing stands or to improve tree quality in high-graded stands. In the planned special issue, Forests can accept both research papers and comprehensive review articles.
Prof. Dr. Jean-Claude Ruel
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a 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.
- old forests
- dead wood
- stand structure
- species composition