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Forests 2017, 8(10), 378; https://doi.org/10.3390/f8100378

Challenges for Uneven-Aged Silviculture in Restoration of Post-Disturbance Forests in Central Europe: A Synthesis

Department of Forestry and Renewable Forest Resources, Biotechnical faculty, University of Ljubljana, Vecna pot 83, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Received: 18 September 2017 / Revised: 28 September 2017 / Accepted: 30 September 2017 / Published: 4 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Post-Disturbance Forest Management and Regeneration Dynamics)
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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. 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. Research indicates that active management aimed at favouring mixed uneven-aged forest reduces the risk of disturbance and improves the resilience of stands. Salvage logging may have positive or negative effects on regeneration, much of which is due to the method applied and the quality of work. The most prominent factors that negatively affect restoration are: lack of advanced regeneration and decomposed woody debris, high altitude, steep slopes, dense ground vegetation, and overbrowsing. Planting or sowing should be applied in post-disturbance forests where many negative factors interact and where a high demand for sustainability of forest ecosystem services is present. View Full-Text
Keywords: natural disturbance; advanced regeneration; planting; natural regeneration; uneven-aged silviculture natural disturbance; advanced regeneration; planting; natural regeneration; uneven-aged silviculture
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Diaci, J.; Rozenbergar, D.; Fidej, G.; Nagel, T.A. Challenges for Uneven-Aged Silviculture in Restoration of Post-Disturbance Forests in Central Europe: A Synthesis. Forests 2017, 8, 378.

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