Special Issue "Silviculture for Restoration and Regeneration"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.
Interests: American chestnut; artificial regeneration; nursery production; oak regeneration; seedling quality; silviculture
Interests: fire effects; oak; pine; prescribed fire; regeneration; restoration; silviculture; wildlife interactions
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Planned silvicultural disturbances such as harvesting, prescribed fire, and herbicide application alter successional pathways to achieve restoration and regeneration goals. Restoration is the process of recovering degraded ecosystems often within the context of an historical condition as a reference point for the desired future condition. Poor land-use practices, invasive non-native species, and climate change have all contributed to degrade and damage forest ecosystems that are now in need of restoration. Regeneration can be an important goal when applying silvicultural treatments for ecological restoration, such as maintaining or transitioning towards a specific species composition or increasing biodiversity. Experiments designed to quantify and model outcomes of planned disturbance events are lacking, particularly studies that are replicated at the stand level.
This Special Issue of Forests is focused on how silvicultural practices can achieve ecological restoration or regeneration goals. Research articles may focus on stand-level silvicultural treatments and their effects on restoration parameters such as vegetation composition, stand structure, tree growth, or wildlife species populations or use. Articles can focus on how silvicultural treatments affect forest health or mitigate the effects of climate change in degraded or damaged stands. Articles evaluating silvicultural treatment impacts on regeneration, either natural or artificial, are welcome. Articles can address basic questions, such as effects on water uptake or physiological conditions of regeneration. Applied research, such as how economic outcomes and timber quality are affected by restoration or regeneration treatments, are also welcome.
Dr. Stacy L. Clark
Dr. Daniel C. Dey
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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.
- Desired future condition
- Ecological restoration
- Regeneration harvesting
- Silvicultural treatments