Special Issue "Stand Dynamics of Forests Managed Using Variable Retention Harvesting Systems"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 November 2016)
Dr. Brian J. Palik
Science Leader for Applied Forest Ecology, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, 1831 Hwy. 169 E. Grand Rapids, MN 55744, USA
Website | E-Mail
Fax: +1 218-326-7116
Interests: disturbance ecology; ecological forestry; stand dynamics and development; plant community composition and diversity; regeneration
Variable retention harvesting (VRH) systems are increasingly being used world-wide to manage forests in ways that better emulate the structural outcomes of the natural disturbances and developments that occurs in natural forests. As an approach, VRH is meant to sustain the ecological integrity (species diversity, biotic communities, productivity, ecosystem processes) of managed forests, while also producing timber. Because VRH approaches often result in forests with complex structural conditions and mixed-species composition, their development and dynamics may not be as predictable as less-complex, even-aged, single-species forests. Better quantification of the dynamics of forest managed with VRH is needed to inform the development of silvicultural approaches, guidelines, and models. In this special issue, we invite contributions that examines the dynamics of forests managed using VRH approaches. The focus of contributed papers could be on any aspect of “stand dynamics” in forests managed using VRH, and may include, but is not limited to, tree regeneration, forest growth and productivity, tree mortality, and deadwood dynamics.
Dr. Brian J. Palik
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.
- Biotic Disturbance
- Variable retention harvesting
- Emulation of natural disturbance
- Complex stand structure
- Mixed-species stands
- Forest dynamics