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Article

Ecological Aspects and Methodology for Assessing the Forests of the Ural Floodplain

by
Mira Elekesheva
1,*,
Vitaly Khlyustov
2 and
Yerassyl Dulatbay
1
1
Agrotechnological Institute, Zhangir Khan West Kazakhstan Agrarian Technical University, 090009 Uralsk, Kazakhstan
2
Institute of Land Reclamation, A.N. Kostyakova Water Management and Construction, Russian State Agrarian University-Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy, 127550 Moscow, Russia
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Sustainability 2024, 16(12), 4989; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16124989
Submission received: 30 November 2023 / Revised: 24 May 2024 / Accepted: 28 May 2024 / Published: 11 June 2024
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Agricultural and Natural Ecosystems Restoration after Disturbances)

Abstract

The floodplain forests in West Kazakhstan’s Urals are challenging to study due to complex growth patterns. Existing tables estimate the trunk volume and wood size but lack comprehensive data for effective forest management. A developed research methodology focuses on creating growth and productivity models for forest-forming species across diverse forest types. Multidimensional linear growth models, with dummy variables for species and forest types, offer reliable insights into the average height and diameter changes at different ages. These models facilitate statistical analyses of asynchronous growth with high reliability. Three-level growth models detail regression lines for individual forest-forming species within specific forest types. This article illustrates the construction of a model for black poplar stands in a central floodplain’s medium-level conditions. Furthermore, it highlights the potential for a regional planting classification based on average height gradients at the base age of stands. The presented methodology aims to address the challenges in forest management and forestry in the region.
Keywords: growth course; floodplain forests; forest vegetation formation; forest types; sedge plants; forest typological classes of average heights; models of growth course growth course; floodplain forests; forest vegetation formation; forest types; sedge plants; forest typological classes of average heights; models of growth course

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Elekesheva, M.; Khlyustov, V.; Dulatbay, Y. Ecological Aspects and Methodology for Assessing the Forests of the Ural Floodplain. Sustainability 2024, 16, 4989. https://doi.org/10.3390/su16124989

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Elekesheva M, Khlyustov V, Dulatbay Y. Ecological Aspects and Methodology for Assessing the Forests of the Ural Floodplain. Sustainability. 2024; 16(12):4989. https://doi.org/10.3390/su16124989

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Elekesheva, Mira, Vitaly Khlyustov, and Yerassyl Dulatbay. 2024. "Ecological Aspects and Methodology for Assessing the Forests of the Ural Floodplain" Sustainability 16, no. 12: 4989. https://doi.org/10.3390/su16124989

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