Special Issue "Forest Structure and Sustainable Resource Management"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Van R. Kane Website E-Mail
Forest Resilience Laboratory, School of Environmental and Forest Resources, College of the Environment, University of Washington, Box 352100, Seattle, WA 98195-2100, USA
Interests: forest resilience; forest management; fire ecology; lidar; landscape ecology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Humanity depends on forests for numerous services, including forest products, carbon storage, biodiversity, water, sites for human communities, and recreation. However, managing forests for sustainable resource management is becoming increasingly difficult as people intensify their use of forests, changes wrought by past management impact key ecological processes, and a changing climate threaten the stability of existing forests. Many past studies have established the links between existing forest structures and current ecosystem services. For this Special Issue of Forests, we are seeking papers that address the assessment or management of forest structures to address the current and/or emerging threats to sustainable resource management. A key need is to understand the dynamic interaction of human management with ecological processes and emerging threats. The forest structure can be studied both as a reflection of those interactions and as a template that influences those interactions. The spatial and temporal scale of studies should reflect the scales at which those interactions operate. Authors can focus on the aspects of forest structures such as the species composition and/or physical vegetation structure appropriate to the resource management of their forests. Given the wide range of uses for forests, authors should focus on the resource management issues relevant to the communities that use the forests they study. In some settings, research could focus on improving our understanding the interaction of the forest structure with management, ecological processes, and threats. In other settings, these interactions may be largely understood, and research could focus on the possible management responses to sustain or manipulate a forest structure so as to address threats to sustainable resource management.

Dr. Van R. Kane
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Forest structure
  • Ecosystem services
  • Sustainable resource management
  • Forest management
  • Multiple scales
  • Climate change

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Assessing Forest Structure and Composition along the Altitudinal Gradient in the State of Sikkim, Eastern Himalayas, India
Forests 2019, 10(8), 633; https://doi.org/10.3390/f10080633 - 27 Jul 2019
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Understanding the structure and composition of native forests is a prerequisite in developing an adaptive forest management plan for Himalayan forest ecosystems where climate change is rapid. However, basic information on forest structure and composition are still limited in many places of the [...] Read more.
Understanding the structure and composition of native forests is a prerequisite in developing an adaptive forest management plan for Himalayan forest ecosystems where climate change is rapid. However, basic information on forest structure and composition are still limited in many places of the Eastern Himalayas. In this study, we aimed to understand the diversity, structure, and composition of forests and their variations along an altitudinal gradient in Himalayan forests. The study was conducted in the Indian federal state of Sikkim, Eastern Himalayas. We carried out a comprehensive and comparative evaluation of species diversity, stand basal area, and stem density along the altitudinal gradient from 900 m a.s.l. to 3200 m a.s.l. We used stratified random sampling to survey eighty-three plots each 0.1 ha in forest communities that occurred along the altitudinal gradient: (a) lower (900–1700 m) altitude forest (N = 24), (b) mid (1700–2500 m) altitude forests (N = 37), and (c) higher (2500–3200 m)altitude forests (N = 22). We measured and identified all living trees with a >3 cm diameter at breast height in each plot. We counted 10,344 individual plants, representing 114 woody species belonging to 42 families and 75 genera. The family Fagaceae and its species Lithocarpus pachyphyllus (Kurz) Rehder. were reported as the most dominant forest trees with the highest Importance Value Index. The Shannon diversity index was recorded as being the highest for the low-altitude forests, whereas measures of structural diversity varied among forests along with altitude: the mid-altitude forests recorded the highest stem density and the high-altitude forests showed the highest mean stem DBH (diameter at 1.3 m height). One significant finding of our study was the disparity of the size class distribution among forests along the altitudinal gradient. Overall, we found a reverse J-shape distribution of tree diameter signifying the uneven-agedness. However, we showed, for the first time, a complete lack of large trees (>93 cm DBH) in the lower altitude forests. Our study highlights conservation concerns for the low-altitude forests that record high species diversity, although lacked large-diameter trees. We anticipate that our study will provide a comprehensive understanding of forest diversity, composition, and structure along the altitudinal gradient to design conservation and sustainable management strategies Full article
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Forest Structure, Wood Standing Stock, and Tree Biomass in Different Restoration Systems in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest
Forests 2019, 10(7), 588; https://doi.org/10.3390/f10070588 - 15 Jul 2019
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Reliable estimates of tree growth and wood yield are fundamental to support the management of restored forests and better reconcile the objectives of recovering biodiversity with the provision of ecosystem services. In this study, wood standing volumes and tree biomass stocks were estimated [...] Read more.
Reliable estimates of tree growth and wood yield are fundamental to support the management of restored forests and better reconcile the objectives of recovering biodiversity with the provision of ecosystem services. In this study, wood standing volumes and tree biomass stocks were estimated in different ecological restoration systems and at two sites with contrasting soil fertility, in order to evaluate the potential trade-offs between biodiversity and forest production. At each site, a complete randomized block design, with three replications of six treatments, was established in 1997–1998: direct seeding (DIRS), high-diversity tree plantation (HDIV), modified “Taungya” agroforestry system (AFS), mixed plantation with timber and firewood species (MIX), managed agroforestry system (AFSm) and managed mixed plantation (MIXm). We inventoried all trees with diameter at breast height (DBH) ≥ 5 cm in 450 m2 per treatment per plot, 19–20 years after establishment, using site-specific allometric models. Significant site effects were found for tree height, tree density and wood volume. Restoration systems (treatments) affected forest structure and forest productivity. Higher wood stock and biomass tree were observed in the less complex system (DIRS), while AFSm and HDIV reconciled higher species richness and diversity with good wood volume yields and tree biomass. Full article
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