Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toolbox

Management of Planted Forests

The Management of Planted Forests Module provides information on good practices for the establishment and management of planted forests. It can be seen as dealing principally with the silviculture of planted forests beginning where the module on Forest Reproductive Material stops. It is complemented by the modules on Wood Harvesting, Wood Energy, Forest Pests, Agroforestry, and Forest-based Enterprises. This includes guidance from site selection and choice of planting material through planting and tending.

In this paper a series of reasons is provided to justify the application of Intensive Forest Management (IFM). A new definition for IFM is proposed, with explanations provided of the components of the definition: advanced planning, intensive silviculture, enhanced protection, and effects and effectiveness monitoring. Also, the following questions are...
Sweden is well known as a major player in the world forest industry. The history of Swedish forestry is rather less well known. This booklet outlines the recovery of the Swedish forest from a heavily depleted state at the beginning of the 20th century to create a forestry superpower. The...
Precision forestry is the application of advanced technologies to forest management. This paper is a brief review of the many ways in which the application of information technology can be used to improve the results of forest management.
Description of the bio-geochemical cycle within a typical plantation forest, in the Southern Cape forest region of South Africa. The description includes a detailed look at the LFH horizons and breakdown of organic matter and release of plant-available nutrients from leaf litter down to the soil mineral layer.
Introduction to the most common soil types in South Africa. The video description provides an overview of soils across the country and discusses their key soil properties and soil formation factors (e.g., climate, parent material, topography, vegetation).
Description of key technical terms and management operations within a typical plantation forest, in the Southern Cape forest region of South Africa. The description includes a detailed look at site type, soil and vegetation regimes, tree hybrids, forest health and pest management, fertilization, productivity, pruning and thinning.
Introduction to case study focused on Pinus radiata plantation in the Southern Cape forest region of South Africa. The case study evaluates the effects of mechanical and chemical site treatments on soil properties and growth of a Pinus radiata stand. Plantation forests in South Africa are needed to meet the...
An overview of soil conditions needed for optimum tree root growth.
Description of a typical forest soil in the Southern Cape forest region of South Africa. The description includes detailed description of all soil horizons and parent material, emphasizing their key properties and their impacts on tree growth.
Introduction to the Harkerville plateau and Pinus radiata plantation that was lost in the 2017 Knysna fires. This particular site is the location of a long-term experiment, which is the focus of the case study.
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