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Special Issue "Interactions between Management and the Use of Forest and Semi-Natural Habitats"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecology and Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Tommaso Sitzia

Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, Università degli Studi di Padova, Viale dell’Università 16, I-35020 Legnaro (PD), Italy
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Interests: biodiversity conservation; land use planning; plant ecology; forestry; invasive alien plants
Guest Editor
Dr. Thomas Campagnaro

Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, Università degli Studi di Padova, Viale dell’Università 16, I-35020 Legnaro (PD), Italy
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Interests: habitat management; biological invasions; urban forestry; landscape ecology

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Forest landscapes can be viewed as mosaics of woodlands and other land cover habitats, either natural or semi-natural. Edges between woodlands and other land cover types are often fundamental ecological niches that might be shaped with forestry operations. Management and planning of these landscapes requires one to adopt an all-lands approach, with boundaries at different spatial scales to define management from multiple perspectives and for multiple land cover types. Topical issues in forestry need to acknowledge the mutual ecological and socio-economical relationships between forested and non-forested land cover types. For instance, spontaneous or artificial woodland expansion might be detrimental for the conservation of semi-natural grassland communities, and forest operations might favour invasive alien trees into adjacent land cover types. As a contrast, variability in silvicultural treatments might enhance the diversity of heterogeneous land mosaics, and agricultural operations might impact the fertility of forest soils and the growth of forest stands. Therefore, a bifurcated model of management of woodlands as opposed to the management of non-forested habitats might not be the best solution to provide an array of ecosystem services. The spatial and temporal interrelation between forest ecosystems, their management, and the associated ecosystems should be transposed to landscape-scale planning approaches. This should be combined with a landscape-scale governance and regulatory system. We welcome reviews and original works on the abovementioned topics, which result from ecological, economical, social, and political investigations.

Prof. Dr. Tommaso Sitzia
Dr. Thomas Campagnaro
Guest Editors

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.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • forest landscape
  • semi-natural habitat
  • land use planning
  • land cover change
  • biodiversity conservation
  • forest governance
  • ecosystem service
  • land mosaic
  • habitat dynamics

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