Special Issue "Ecological Silviculture Based on Natural Models of Forest Development"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.
Interests: natural disturbance; tree regeneration; restoration
Interests: forest dynamics; adaptation; silviculture
Ecological silviculture is an approach for managing forest ecosystems, including trees, other organisms, abiotic components, and their interactions, based on emulation of natural models of disturbance and development. In doing this, ecological silviculture is used to sustain or restore the structure, composition, and function of ecosystems while managing multiple services, inclusive of timber and other commodities. Considering ecological silviculture as a unique operating paradigm is still controversial among some researchers and managers, who may view it as nothing more than a tweaking of classic, timber-focused, silviculture. While ecological silviculture is grounded in the rich tradition of classic silviculture, it is arguably different from the latter and uniquely positioned to be responsive to emerging global drivers of forest management, including climate change, the rise of third-party forest certification, and the division of the global forest estate into production and conservation forests. For this Special Issue, we seek research papers that highlight the rationale, implementation, and testing of ecological approaches to silviculture based on natural models in different forest ecosystems around the world. Papers may focus on the scientific underpinnings of the silvicultural approach based on understanding natural models or they may focus on responses to the approach as measured by various ecosystem functions and services, such as regeneration, productivity, structure, diversity, economics, or social acceptability. With these papers, our goal is to highlight the extent of our understanding, study, and use of ecological silviculture globally.
Dr. Brian Palik
Dr. Anthony D'Amato
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.
- Forest Dynamics
- Natural Disturbances
- Structural Complexity
- Natural Models
- Ecological Forestry
- Forest Management