Special Issue "Old Growth Temperate and Boreal Forests: Processes, Functions, and Dynamics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2018).
Interests: Mountain silviculture; protective forests; treelines; wildlife impact on forest management; Natura 2000 and biodiversity conservation; CWD; old-growth forests; disturbance regimes and masting
Interests: old-growth forests; disturbance ecology; forest–stream interactions; carbon dynamics and management; silviculture; sustainable forest management
Cultural and scientific thinking and knowledge about forest dynamics and later seral stages has dramatically changed in the last few decades. As a consequence, recognition of the importance of old-growth forests has increased all over the planet, even if the distribution of the current old-growth forests is not uniform. While the boreal biome is still rich in old-growth forests less than 1% of the temperate forests in the northern hemisphere have true old-growth characteristics. Old-growth is important for a variety of functions: Wildlife and plant habitats (richness in rare animal and plant species), aesthetic and cultural values (environmental education, roots of the nature conservation), ecosystem services such as carbon storage and hydrologic regulation, and as references areas for understand ecosystem dynamics and impacts of the climate change. Due to the different scales, perceptions and availability of old-growth forests in different regions, the scientific research is addressed to different fields. Finally, old-growth forests can be employed as reference areas, providing essential information to support development of multi-functional forest management approaches, including late-successional forest restoration.
In this Special Issue, we invite studies from all fields, including original investigations, quantitative results of management interventions, regional or global meta-analysis to promote knowledge and insights on old-growth forests in temperate and boreal forests. Papers exploring dynamics, processes, and functions in old-growth temperate and boreal forest ecosystems are particularly welcome. Those investigating traits associated with resistance or resilience to global change will be prioritized the highest. Single-species focused or purely descriptive studies are of less interest for this special issue.
Prof. Dr. Renzo Motta
Prof. Dr. Williamm Keeton
Manuscript Submission Information
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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.
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natural disturbance regime
watershed and riparian functions
carbon sequestration and ecosystem services