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Silviculture in Natural Forests

Welcome to the Silviculture in Natural Forests Module. This module is intended for forest owners and managers wishing to design, implement, monitor and evaluate silvicultural practices to enhance the productivity, resilience and value of natural forests.

The module provides information and links to tools and case studies, to guide users in planning silvicultural interventions in natural forests at the forest management unit level.

Managing the Family Forest in Mississippi is a video lecture series designed to be a primer on forest management for private landowners. Each of the 13 stand-alone videos address a topic from the Managing the Family Forest in Mississippi book, which can be downloaded at msucares.com. Viewers are encouraged to...
Buffer zones
09 February 2015
The video shows effects and benefits for landscape and biodiversity to have an untouched buffer zone of a few metres between waterways and felling sites.
In some forest, controlled fire can be used in order to facilitate the regeneration of forests. In this case, the logging residue and the humus layer of a regenerative felling site may be burned. But this require high caution. The technique is well explained in this video.
In early clearance, the shoots of broad-leaved species which overshadow the seedlings are cleared away, in order to promote the growth of the best seedlings. This video shows this silvicultural technique in a Finnish stand.
First thinning
06 February 2015
Too dense a forest needs to be thinned. Depending on the site and the tree species, two or three thinnings may be carried out before regeneration. The forest owner may gain substantial revenue from thinnings. In the first thinning the best trees are selected and left to grow, and space...
Florestabilidade
19 August 2014
Florestabilidade is an educational project of the Roberto Marinho Fundation, launched in 2012. The content of the site brings together management techniques of wood products, non-wood products and other environmental services. Here people working along the Amazon basin, indigenous people and forest technicians are our teachers. In this website one can...
This publication is a summary of the experiences lived during the seven years (2003-2010) of implementation of the Sustainable Natural Resource Management Project (PMRN), managed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) and supported by German Technical and Financial Cooperation (GIZ and KfW). The PMRN operated in seven Departments in...
This publication reflects the outcome of an ambitious initiative of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) to identify instances of exemplary forest management in the region and examine the core components of high quality forest management in an effort to illustrate good forest management to a wide audience and encourage others...
This Handbook Volume is designed to provide procedural guidance and minimal standards relevant to the application of sound silvicultural practices to manipulate stands as efficiently and effectively as possible across lands in trust or restricted status under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Although this handbook addresses silviculture...
The relationship between tropical forests and global climate change has so far focused on mitigation, while much less emphasis has been placed on how management activities may help forest ecosystems adapt to this change. This paper discusses how tropical forestry practices can contribute to maintaining or enhancing the adaptive capacity...
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