Special Issue "Forest Structure and Sustainable Resource Management"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 December 2020.
Interests: forest resilience; forest management; fire ecology; lidar; landscape ecology
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
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 structure
- Ecosystem services
- Sustainable resource management
- Forest management
- Multiple scales
- Climate change