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Silviculture and biodiversity of scots pine forests in Europe

Last updating 1999

Contract nr: FAIR-CT96-1447
Project nr: 1447
Project type: CA
Starting date: 01/02/1997
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 232,000 EUR
EC Contribution: 232,000 EUR
Scientific Officer: Marie-Françoise SCHARLL
Research topic: Plant health

Background:
Over the last 20 to 30 years economic pressures have resulted in more intensive forest management to maximise timber production.
This is exemplified by:

  • an increased scale of harvesting with a greater removal of biomass (including a growing trend towards whole tree harvesting);
  • increased control of the regeneration process (by moving from natural regeneration to planting; by increased cultivation; by intensive vegetation and pest control);
  • increased crop growth rates (by planting genetically improved stock; by fertilizing);
  • more uniform and single species stands (all but the desired crop species removed and all trees of the desired form);
  • a modification of the natural disturbance pattern and process (eg control and/or reduction of forest fires).

Silviculture and Biodiversity of Scots pine forests in Europe These trends represent an accelerating pace of human induced environmental change in managed forests, and the effects of this change on forest biodiversity are largely unknown.
The assumption that they have reduced forest biodiversity is influenced largely by single site or single region studies of individual high profile species (Spellerberg & Sawyer 1993) or as an incidental result of climate and environmental change monitoring networks.
Much greater knowledge of the impact of forest management processes on biodiversity is inquired before we can ascertain whether the European forest industry is meeting the 1993 Helsinki guidelines on the sustainable management of forests in Europe.


Coordinator
William MASON
Forestry Commission - Research Division
Northern Research Station
UK-EH25 9SY Roslin
Tel.: +44 1314 45 21 76
Fax: +44 1314 45 51 24
E-mail: Bill.Mason@forestry.gov.uk


Partners

  • BOND
    University College Cork
    Lee Maltings - Prospect Row
    IRL-Cork
    Tel.: +353 21 90 42 83
    Fax: +353 21 27 05 62

  • Raphael KLUMP
    Institute of Silviculture
    Peter Jordan straße 70
    A-1190 Vienna
    Tel.: +43 1476 54 40 66
    Fax: +43 1369 16 59
    E-mail: klump@edvl.boku.ac.at

  • Gregorio MONTERO
    I.N.I.A
    E-28080 Madrid
    Tel.: +34 91 347 68 00
    Fax: +34 91 357 22 93

  • Catherine BASTIEN
    I.N.R.A. - Centre de Recherches d'Orleans
    F-45160 Ardon
    Tel.: +33 2 38 41 78 00
    Fax: +33 2 38 41 78 79
    E-mail: catherine.bastien@orleans.inra.fr

  • FORREST
    Northern Research Station - Forestry Commission
    UK-EH25 9SY Roslin
    Tel.: +44 1314 45 21 76
    Fax: +44 1314 45 51 24
    E-mail: ian.forrest@forestry.gov.uk

  • NIXON
    Northern Research Station - Forestry Commission
    UK-EH25 9SY Roslin
    Tel.: +44 1314 45 21 76
    Fax: +44 1314 45 51 24
    E-mail: c.nixon@forestry.gov.uk

  • Gustaf EGNELL
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
    S-901 83 Umea
    Tel.: +46 90 16 58 74
    Fax: +46 90 16 76 69
    E-mail: gustaf.egnell@ssko.slu.se

  • Hugh EVANS
    Alice Holt Research Station - Forestry Commission
    UK-GU10 4LH Wrecclesham - Farnham
    Tel.: +44 1420 222 55
    Fax: +44 1420 236 53
    E-mail: hugh@fcrd.gov.uk

  • Daniel KELLY
    University of Ireland- Trinity College
    IRL-2 Dublin
    Tel.: +353 1 702 12 74
    Fax: +353 1 702 11 47
    E-mail: dkelly@tcd.ie

  • LEXER
    Institute of Silviculture
    Peter-Jordan straße
    A-1190 Vienna
    Tel.: +43 1 476 54 40 54
    Fax: +43 1 369 16 59
    E-mail: lexer@edvl.boku.ac.at

  • Ricardo ALIA
    I.N.I.A
    E-28080 Madrid
    Tel.: +34 1 347 68 00
    Fax: +34 1 357 22 93
    E-mail: alia@cit.inia.es

  • DE COURCY WILLIAMS
    Horticultural Research International
    UK-CV35 9EF Wellesbourne
    Tel.: +44 1789 47 03 82
    Fax: +44 1789 47 05 52

  • Kornel BURG
    Austrian Research Centre
    A-2444 Seibersdorf
    Tel.: +43 2254 780 35 19
    Fax: +43 2254 780 36 53
    E-mail: burg@zdfzs.arcs.ac.at

  • Noël LUST
    Universiteit Gent
    Geraardsbergsesteenweg 267
    B-9090 Melle
    Tel.: +32 9 252 21 13
    Fax: +32 9 252 54 66
    E-mail: noel.lust@rug.ac.be

  • Kjell SJOBERG
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
    S-901 83 Umea
    Tel.: +46 90 16 66 10
    Fax: +46 90 16 68 17
    E-mail: kjell.sjoberg@szooek.slu.se

  • Richard Ferris KAAN
    Alice Holt Research Station - Forestry Commission
    UK-GU10 4LH Wrecclesham - Farnham
    Tel.: +44 1420 222 55
    Fax: +44 1420 236 53
    E-mail: richard@fcrd.gov.uk

  • Siegfried ANDERS
    Bundesforschungsanstalt fuer Forst und Holzwirtschaft
    Alfred-Moller straße
    D-16225 Eberswalde
    Tel.: +49 333 46 53 00
    Fax: +49 333 46 53 54

  • Ad OLSTHOORN
    Institute for Forestry and Nature Research
    Bosrandweg 20
    P.O. BOX 23
    NL-6700 AA Wageningen
    Tel.: +31 317 47 78 27
    Fax: +31 317 42 49 88
    E-mail: a.f.m.alsthoorn@ibn.dlo.nl

  • I. CANELLAS
    I.N.I.A
    E-28080 Madrid
    Tel.: +34 91 347 68 00
    Fax: +34 91 357 22 93
    E-mail: canellas@cifor.inia.es

 
 
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