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Project ID: QLK5-CT-1999-01349
Financé au titre de: FP5-LIFE QUALITY
Pays: Netherlands

Contemporary beech management in Europe

The main goal of assessing contemporary beech management in Europe was to reveal scientific information in support of beech rehabilitation. The specific task was to:

- Review the contemporary beech forest management in Europe, in view of various economic, social and ecological conditions;

- Get insight into various management methods used, and their impact on biodiversity;

- Develop recommendations for improving management methods to rehabilitate beech in European forests.

The methods used include:
- Review of literature, national statistics and management guidelines;
- Regional case studies (11 in total) of actual silvicultural management in particular countries;
- Conduct interviews with selected experts (16 in total) in particular countries.

The following aspects of beech forest management were described: management principles; policy aims; operational guidelines; species composition; silvicultural regimes; harvesting methods; regeneration methods; fertilisations; weeding; control of pests; coarse woody debris and old-growth management; wild game management; livestock grazing; nature conservation and other special measures; recreation; and management planing.

The information gained was reviewed with regard to the possible impacts of contemporary management on forest biodiversity. Further, information about (remnants of) natural and semi-natural beech forests was collected. Their research can offer a treasure of scientific information about structure and dynamics of natural beech forests, their biodiversity and ecosystem processes. Based on this, natural beech forests are seen as an important reference to man-made forests and natural processes can be a good reference to the management practice aiming at rehabilitation of beech.

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