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Publication: Effects of intensified silviculture on timber production and its economic profitability under changing climatic conditions

The aim of this study by Routa et al. from LUKE was to examine how intensified silviculture affects timber production and its economic profitability based on forest ecosystem model simulations. The study was conducted on Norway spruce and Scots pine stands located on medium-fertile upland forest sites under middle boreal conditions in Finland, under current climate and minor climate change.

Read about the results in their publication, which is now available open access:

Read the abstract or download the full text!

SGGW field trip for silviculture case study

Partners from SGGW visited case study areas for the silvicultural work package (WP2) in the Polanów Forest District to identify most productive silvicultural systems, techniques and technologies and assess them.

This State Forest District is located in the northern part of Poland, with about 91,000 m3 of wood harvested annually, mainly pine, beech, spruce and birch. The field meeting was a great opportunity to interact with the local state foresters and owners of private forest companies. Possibilities of improvements in the efficiency of forest operations with regards to socio-economic changes occurring in Poland were discussed. One of the phenomena that need to be faced is a lack of labour force. Details like comparison of manual thinning (chainsaw and tractor/skidder) and thinning with machinery (forwarder and harvester) from an economic point of view and efficiency in different site conditions were also discussed.

Read the full report at the Polanów State Forest district web page (in Polish):
http://www.polanow.szczecinek.lasy.gov.pl

First public deliverable: Identifying and extending key silvicultural systems

The silviculture work package (WP2) focuses on the optimization of the access to wood resources. This goal involves two main aspects:

  1. The evaluation of appropriate silvicultural operations, and
  2. The application of appropriate harvesting techniques – aiming at the promotion of mechanized systems wherever possible.

Appropriate silvicultural measures are principally intended to increase wood production, maintain the biodiversity and resilience but also to enable and facilitate the use of efficient silvicultural and harvesting operations. The development of methods for increasing the wood production and optimizing the interface between harvesting technology and silvicultural procedures is the research emphasis of this work package.

Look at the abstract or read the full deliverable!