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Corsican Pine (Pinus laricio Poiret) Stand Management: Medium and Long Lasting Effects of Thinning on Biomass Growth

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Department of Agriculture and Forest Sciences (DAFNE), Tuscia University, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
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Department of Agriculture (GESAAF), Florence University, 50144 Florence, Italy
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Forests 2018, 9(5), 257; https://doi.org/10.3390/f9050257
Received: 10 April 2018 / Revised: 1 May 2018 / Accepted: 7 May 2018 / Published: 10 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ecological Management of Pine Forests)
With the aim of acquiring better comprehension of the ecological and productive aspects of the management of pine forests, we monitored logging damage and evaluated the effects of thinning on stand growth 20 years after the treatment in a Pinus laricio Poiret stand in central Italy. The objectives of the present study were to estimate the injury levels to the remaining trees after thinning; to assess logging damage in the long-term by monitoring residual trees at the end of thinning; to evaluate the effect of damage on the radial growth of trees; to assess the stand dynamics in relation to injury levels and the treatment applied in a twenty-year range; to understand a possible treatment return time; and to evaluate the existence of the “thinning shock”. The results were that 20 years after treatment, the stand dynamics showed a complete recovery; logging damage did not affect the radial growth of P. laricio over time; a second treatment seem to be sustainable starting from the fifteenth year after the previous treatment; and the thinning shock can be clearly evaluated in the first six to seven years after the treatment. View Full-Text
Keywords: stand growing; thinning shock; forest logging; tree wounds; tree ring width stand growing; thinning shock; forest logging; tree wounds; tree ring width
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Picchio, R.; Venanzi, R.; Latterini, F.; Marchi, E.; Laschi, A.; Lo Monaco, A. Corsican Pine (Pinus laricio Poiret) Stand Management: Medium and Long Lasting Effects of Thinning on Biomass Growth. Forests 2018, 9, 257. https://doi.org/10.3390/f9050257

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Picchio R, Venanzi R, Latterini F, Marchi E, Laschi A, Lo Monaco A. Corsican Pine (Pinus laricio Poiret) Stand Management: Medium and Long Lasting Effects of Thinning on Biomass Growth. Forests. 2018; 9(5):257. https://doi.org/10.3390/f9050257

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Picchio, Rodolfo, Rachele Venanzi, Francesco Latterini, Enrico Marchi, Andrea Laschi, and Angela Lo Monaco. 2018. "Corsican Pine (Pinus laricio Poiret) Stand Management: Medium and Long Lasting Effects of Thinning on Biomass Growth" Forests 9, no. 5: 257. https://doi.org/10.3390/f9050257

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