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  Forest protection pushes Europeans into action

Photo of article Scientists and industry experts from Europe and abroad recently launched a joint effort for the protection of forests. The 100-strong group initiated COST Action E27 targeting a better understanding of national and international distinctions of protected forest areas in Europe, and an explanation behind this diversity. They analysed an entire range of protected forest area categories. The findings showed that a marked separation exists between restrictions related to timber resources and silvicultural management, and those linked to non-timber production and public access. The publication Protected forest areas – analysis and harmonisation (PROFOR): Results, conclusions and recommendations was published last March and is now available.

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Published: 1 June 2007

  EU project identifies genetic hardiness in trees

Photo of article A determining factor for the success of saplings maturing into healthy trees is their hardiness. Indeed, one of the major tasks for nursery growers consists of hardening plants, or preparing them for the harsh and often varying conditions they will face in natural environments. Hardiness, and particularly cold hardiness for European purposes, is important for forestry officials coordinating reforestation efforts across the continent. A successfully completed research project funded under FP5 attempted to identify the genetic root of tree hardiness to support reforestation rates and the vitality of economically and ecologically important forest tree species.

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Published: 29 January 2007

  EU-funded project tracks wood from forest floor to showroom floor

Photo of article Europe's forests are an invaluable resource vital to European economic success, not to mention a sustained high quality of living for European citizens. Wood products derived from forests are an important link in the production chain for many European firms, and given the importance of forests in general, proper and efficient management of European cut wood is of the utmost importance. The EU-funded project Indisputable Key will develop ICT management systems to optimise forest production throughout the value chain minimising waste of such a precious natural resource and the environmental impact of harvesting wood.

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Published: 20 December 2006

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