Special Issue "Effects of Forest Management and Climate Change on Forest Vegetation"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marcin K. Dyderski
Guest Editor
Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Parkowa 5, 62-035 Kórnik, Poland
Interests: invasive tree species; invasion ecology; urban ecosystems; climate change; forest productivity; vegetation ecology; biodiversity conservation; forest management; functional traits
Dr. Patryk Czortek
Guest Editor
Białowieża Geobotanical Station, Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Sportowa 19, 17-230 Białowieża, Poland
Interests: biodiversity conservation; biological invasions; climate change; ecology of alpine ecosystems; ecosystem services; forest ecology; functional ecology; urban ecology

Special Issue Information

Forest vegetation changes have been a subject of ecological studies for over 100 years. Within this time, human impact on forest ecosystems has drastically increased, leading to habitat transformation, biodiversity loss, and species extinction. Forest ecosystems are especially susceptible to changing climate, leading to shifts in species composition. Moreover, forest management has tended to homogenize forests into monocultures of fast-growing trees. These two factors are the main drivers of transformations in forest vegetation, which can both mitigate each other or amplify their effects. In this issue, we would like to consider the impacts of climate change and forest management on a wide range of forest vegetation, with no limitations as to the degree of transformation. We invite field studies based on vegetation surveys or long-term observations from all biomes, with particular attention to regions with low data coverage. Studies might cover wide temporal, spatial, climatic, or management gradients and focus on various strata of forest ecosystems, including reconstructions of past forest vegetation as well as future predictions of changes in the geographical distribution of forest biomes driven by climatic and anthropogenic factors. We especially encourage authors to assess impacts on a wide range of biodiversity metrics and aspects, recognizing not only effects but especially mechanisms of revealed impacts. Submissions may cover widely defined forest management aspects, e.g., alien species introduction, thinning, logging, fencing, or fertilization as well as various climate change effects, e.g., species transition, herbivore and pathogen outbreaks, drought, or flooding.

Dr. Marcin K. Dyderski
Dr. Patryk Czortek
Guest Editors

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  • understory species composition
  • functional diversity
  • landscape ecology
  • stand structure dynamics
  • forest connectivity
  • species optimum shifts
  • environmental filtering
  • thinning
  • species distribution models
  • range expansion
  • species turnover

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Long-Term Changes of Softwood Floodplain Forests—Did the Disappearance of Wet Vegetation Accelerate the Invasion Process?
Forests 2020, 11(11), 1218; https://doi.org/10.3390/f11111218 - 19 Nov 2020
Objectives: We followed the long-term changes of softwood floodplain forests strongly altered by water regime changes and examine the behaviour of neophytes in this environment. Here we ask: (1) How did the composition of neophyte and native species change? (2) How did the [...] Read more.
Objectives: We followed the long-term changes of softwood floodplain forests strongly altered by water regime changes and examine the behaviour of neophytes in this environment. Here we ask: (1) How did the composition of neophyte and native species change? (2) How did the presence of species that prefer wetter conditions change? (3) What traditionally distinguished type of softwood floodplain forests (a wetter one or a more mesophilous one) do neophytes prefer? (4) What environmental factors affect the native species richness and the occurrence and cover of neophytes? Materials and Methods: Historical and recent phytosociological relevés of the association Salicetum albae of the Slovak part of the inland delta of the Danube River were used (177 plots together). For each plot, the number and cover of neophytes and number of native species were measured, and the Shannon-Wiener diversity index, the stand structure (cover of tree, shrub and herb layer) and the mean of Ellenberg indicator values were calculated and compared among time periods. Temporal trends of the soil moisture characterized by indicator values calculated for each plot were determined using a Linear Model. The synoptic table of traditional vegetation types was done to show preferences of neophytes for particular softwood forest types. The effect of site conditions on native species richness and occurrence of neophytes was determined using the Generalized Linear Model. Results: The relative number and cover of neophyte species increased and the absolute number of native species decreased over time; the vegetation of the area has changed from variable hygrophilous and mesophilous to homogenised mesophilous; most non-native species prefer the mesophilous vegetation of the floodplain forests; the wetter parts of the floodplain more successfully resisted invasions. Conclusions: The vegetation of the researched area has considerably changed over time to become less diverse and less hygrophilous, and has more invasive species. To preserve floodplain forests, natural hydrological and connectivity patterns should be adequately protected. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Effects of Forest Management and Climate Change on Forest Vegetation)
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