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Special Issue "Planning and Optimization of Urban and Peri-urban Forests"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Karin Öhman

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Department of Forest Resource Management SE-901 83 UMEÅ
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Guest Editor
Dr. Jeannette Eggers

ArtDatabanken, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Box 7007 75007 UPPSALA, Sweden
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Attention to the use and importance of the urban and peri-urban forests has been frequently given during the last years. Due to increasing urbanization, this forest is widely used for recreation activities. However, at the same time, nature conservation and wood production continues to be important because of the expected increases in biomass demand in the rise of a bio-based economy. Unfortunately, forest management for wood production is often in conflict with management for ecological and social values of the forest because they pose different demands on the forest condition. As a result, tools that can analyze synergies and trade-offs between different forest values are needed. To handle the huge number of alternatives in forest management that make the planning exercise a formidable challenge, a promising option is to base these tools on optimization modelling. We encourage studies from different fields, including operation research and modelling to this Special Issue in order to promote knowledge about how to implement the balancing of economical, ecological and social values of the urban and peri-urban forest in forest planning, management and governance.

Dr. Karin Öhman
Dr. Jeannette Eggers
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.

Keywords

  • Ecosystem services
  • Forest management
  • Forest planning
  • Mathematical programming
  • Optimization methods
  • Trade off analysis

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Open AccessArticle The Concept of Landscape Structure, Forest Continuum and Connectivity as a Support in Urban Forest Management and Landscape Planning
Forests 2018, 9(10), 584; https://doi.org/10.3390/f9100584
Received: 27 August 2018 / Revised: 12 September 2018 / Accepted: 18 September 2018 / Published: 20 September 2018
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Close-to-nature urban forests and remnants of natural vegetation represent an important opportunity for urban residents to experience daily perception of and access to the natural environment. Despite there being a high percentage of forest cover (59%) and a favorable structure of the prevailing [...] Read more.
Close-to-nature urban forests and remnants of natural vegetation represent an important opportunity for urban residents to experience daily perception of and access to the natural environment. Despite there being a high percentage of forest cover (59%) and a favorable structure of the prevailing forested landscapes in Slovenia, urban expansion and infrastructure-driven development has severely weakened the connectivity and conservation of urban and suburban forests. The majority of urban settlements lie within walking distance of the surrounding forests (<1 km). However, only close-to-nature forests with relatively low silvicultural inputs offer ecosystem services sufficient to fulfil the supply and demand of the expanding urban population. In order to estimate the conservation of forests in the open space of Slovenian settlements, we used a spatial model of landscape structure and forest connectivity. The model can be enhanced with patterns of corridors and stepping stones of natural vegetation in the landscape matrix to provide support in the decision-making process of landscape planning and the conservation of urban and suburban forests. Full article
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