Work package 11: Contemporary Beech Management Europe
Contemporary management and their historical background will be described and quantified. This will be based on a review of literature, national statistics and management guidelines, selected case-studies of actual silvicultural management in the partner countries (10 case-studies in total), and interviews with selected experts (foresters, biologists and policy makers, 10 in total). Items to be described include; management principles; policy aims; operational guidelines; species composition; silvicultural regimes; harvesting methods; regeneration methods; fertilisations; weeding; control of pests; CWD and old-growth management; wild game management; livestock grazing; nature conservation and other special measures; recreation; and management planning. The data will be reviewed in reference to the possible impacts of contemporary management on biodiversity. The analysis will include the participating countries (intensive study) and selected other important beech countries (less intensive study) within the studied NW-SE climatic gradient across Europe (France, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania). Literature and available national statistics and management guidelines will be the primary source of information for the non-partner countries. Three regions will be distinguished in the study; NW European lowlands, central European uplands, and SE European mountains.
Josef Fanta, Boneer Consultancy (JFA)
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