Special Issue "Climate Change Effect on Mixed-Species Forest Management"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Interests: climate-smart forestry; adaptive silviculture; regeneration methods; natural and artificial regeneration; intermediate treatments; silvicultural prescription; mixed forests performance; conversion methods; mixed-species forest growth models; inter-specific relationship
In the face of environmental change, mixed-species forests are considered one of the most important measures of climate-adopted forest management in many places of the world. According to many studies, a mixed-species forest seems to be more resistant and more resilient to climate-induced change. Furthermore, their role in providing many non-timber goods and services, such as regulating, cultural, and supporting services, is recognized as an important factor contributing to human wellbeing. Knowledge about their functioning and management under changing climate conditions is still fragmented and does not allow for a global or specific and sound-based overview of their performance. We still do not know how mixed-species forests behave under climate change. In many cases, our understanding of their performance is derived from monocultures which behave sometimes completely different.
This Special Issue of Forests will comprise selected papers dealing with advanced research on mutual relationships between tree species in a stand, and the functioning of mixed-species forests on different stages of development and along with ecological gradients under conditions of climate change. Special attention should be paid to how predicted changes of the climate effect inter-specific relationships, resulting in productivity, ecological stability, wood quality, resistance, and resilience to climate events (drought, storm, frost, etc.) of various species’ configurations. The understanding of these processes should be a foundation of appropriate silvicultural prescriptions within the management of mixed-species forests, considering climate change scenarios. Any contribution related to the quantity and quality of the research-based estimation of stand regeneration methods, tending operations on different stages of stand development (pre-commercial and commercial thinning), silvicultural systems, and silvicultural planning in the management of mixed-species forests in the face of climate change are welcome. Additionally, we are looking for study results on methods of multi-species afforestation and any aspects of growth models, including climate change scenarios, used as a decision support system in mixed-species forest management.
Prof. Dr. Maciej Pach
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind 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.
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- climate-smart forestry
- adaptive silviculture
- regeneration methods
- natural and artificial regeneration
- intermediate treatments
- silvicultural prescription
- mixed forests performance
- conversion methods
- mixed-species forest growth models
- inter-specific relationship