Special Issue "Ecological Management of Pine Forests"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 June 2018)
Prof. Dr. Rodolfo Picchio
Department of Agricultural and Forestry scieNcEs (DAFNE), University of Tuscia, Via S. Camillo de Lellis, SNC, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
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Interests: forest logging; forestry mechanization; reduced impact logging; precision forestry; renewable energy; logging impact assessment
Natural pine forests characterize many landscapes preserved over time, either as a result of a specific forest management or a disturbance. In the event of a lack of management for a long time, these formations could evolve with increasingly chaotic structures towards other formations. This process can lead to landscape change, the spread of insects and pathogens, and the risk of fires and watercourse obstruction. Pine forest plantations should be considered as transients of tree populations, destined to evolve into more complex and stable formations, but sometimes to be preserved for their cultural value. Careful management of these forests also takes into account the close relationship between forest and human settlements. As a first step, ecological management assumes the definition of these two macro types. These approaches include the application of integrated methods for determining the reference conditions of the main functional and structural ecosystem components of forests. The reference conditions are the historical (or natural) variability range of ecological structures and processes, reflecting the recent evolution and dynamic interaction of biotic and abiotic conditions and patterns of disturbance. These conditions form the basis for comparison with contemporary ecosystem processes and structures and are a frame of reference for designing ecological restoration treatments and conservation plans. The productive aspects must not be overlooked, but they have to be considered, planned and managed with a perspective of sustainability and ecosystem functionality. This should be considered for a common forest management, for a forest rehabilitation or for forest restoration activities. We encourage studies from all fields, including experimental studies, monitoring approaches and models, on silviculture and logging activities, to contribute to this Special Issue in order to promote knowledge and adaptation strategies for the active management, preservation, and future development of these forest ecosystems.Prof. Dr. Rodolfo Picchio
Prof. Roberto Mercurio
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- Pine Forest
- Pine Plantation
- Forest Management
- Forest Rehabilitation
- Forest Restoration
- Low Impact Logging
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Ecological Indicator