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A conceptual model of forest stand development based on permanent sample-plot data in Estonia

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Ecosystem management assumes that management practices based on natural disturbance patterns are likely to preserve both natural biodiversity and ecosystem functions. Ecosystem management thus combines traditional natural resource management and forestry practices together with classical notions of protection that are focused on sustaining a naturally evolving ecosystem. Increased knowledge and understanding of natural disturbance dynamics in boreal forest ecosystems allow for the creation of a template for sustainable forest management that is based on mimicking disturbances that are thought to contribute to the biodiversity of the ecosystem. The observed trends of natural development are discussed in this paper. Permanent sample-plot data are used to develop a conceptual model of stand succession following natural disturbance. The distinctive characteristics of disturbances that are relevant to forest management planning are identified and modelled.

Keywords: Forest management; natural disturbances; permanent plots

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Institute of Forestry and Rural Engineering, Estonian Agricultural University, Kreutzwaldi 5, 51014, Tartu, Estonia

Publication date: October 1, 2005

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