Special Issue "Ecological Restoration for Sustainable Forest Management"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2017)
Forests provide us various ecosystem services. Thus, ecosystem restoration of forests, which is defined as the process of assisted recovery of a forest ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged or destroyed, should focus on maintaining services from forests. Forests ecological restoration is one of the most important topics for sustainable forest resource management, as well as providing various other functions.
Forests are degraded, not only by forest management (e.g., intensive selective harvesting), but also herbivory (e.g., ungulates and insects). To resolve these issues, not only natural, but also social, sciences are important to plan and implement forest ecosystem restoration, because public awareness of forests is of deep interest.
This Special Issue welcomes contributions about natural, social and interdisciplinary approaches to accomplish proper forest ecological restoration.
Dr. Takuo Nagaike
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Target of the restoration
- Sustainable forest management
- Overabundant/outbreaks of herbivory
- Social participation
- Ecological integrity
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Ecological restoration of conifer plantations by forest environmental tax by local government in Japan
Author: Takuo Nagaike
Type of paper: Review
Abstract: In Japan, forests cover 66% of the land area, and plantations account for ~40% of these forests. However, some of the plantations were abandoned of the appropriate management (e.g., thinning) because of economic downturn of the forestry in Japan. Such degraded plantations are necessary to ecologically restore, to prevent soil erosion and natural disasters. Since each prefecture could introduce a local tax through the movement of decentralization, forest environmental tax, one of the local tax, has introduced in 37 of 47 prefectures to restore such plantations. Thinning in such plantations to restore was mainly operated by the tax. I will review this scheme, like payments for ecosystem services, would be effective for ecological restoration in conifer plantations.
Title: Ecosystem functions in a natural mixed forest under a selection cutting regime
Author: Toshiya Yoshida (Hokkaido Univ., Japan)
Type of paper: Article
Abstract: The objective of forest management has become broader, and it is essential to harmonize timber production with conservation of forest ecosystem. A selection cutting is recognized as a major alternative of clear cutting because it can maintain complexity and heterogeneity of natural forest, but its long-term evaluations are limited. We found the management preserved tree volume, ecosystem carbon stock and canopy tree species diversity for 30 years. However, several structural components which are significant for biodiversity (such as large trees and dead trees), showed marked decrease, indicating that they should be subject to conservation targets in a future management.
Title: Growth performance of five indigenous tree species beneath an Acacia mangium plantation in the northeast of Thailand
Author: Dr. Atsushi Sakai
Abstract: With the aim of finding suitable method to convert fast-growing tree plantations into indigenous tree stands in monsoon tropical areas, we examined survivorship and growth performance of five indigenous tree species under different light conditions. Twenty-five-year-old Acacia mangium plantation was thinned in different ways, namely, group selection thinning (gap), 2/3 line thinning, 1/2 line thinning and no thinning in the northeast of Thailand. Seedlings of Dipterocarpus alatus, Hopea odorata, H. ferrea, Shorea henryana, and Pterocarpus macrocarpus were planted in each site and in an open site. At 20 months after planting, survival rate of most species kept high (>90%) in the thinning plots and the gap plot, while it was relatively low in the open site and beneath the canopy (no thinning). The group selection thinning was most suitable for the growth of indigenous tree species, while the line thinning would be the second best on account of efficiency of the operation.