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Reserve selection in boreal forest

focusing on young forest biodiversity potential

Lundström, Johanna (2013). Reserve selection in boreal forest. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2013:46
ISBN 978-91-576-7831-7
[Doctoral thesis]

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Most boreal forests in North Europe are intensively managed, and the forest landscape is far from its natural stage leading to hundreds of species being threatened in Sweden alone. Reserves are established to protect biodiversity, but since the resources available for conservation do not cover all species in need of protection, effective prioritization is essential.

In this thesis, a reserve selection model based on a goal programming approach was developed, finding the optimal age composition of reserves in boreal Sweden under different prerequisites. Forest data were derived from the Swedish National Forest Inventory (NFI) and the amount of structural indicators (proxy for biodiversity) registered in the NFI were maximized while simultaneously reassuring that all indicators were represented. I wanted to investigate how reserve selection could be made more effective by considering: (1) cost, (2) subjective preferences, and (3) future biodiversity potential, where the development over time was simulated using the forest analysis and planning tool Heureka PlanWise. To evaluate species response to retained structures in young managed forest, lichen species richness on retained aspen trees was surveyed. Results show that young forest is a cost-effective alternative. The proportion of young forest varied from 46% when subjective preferences were considered, to 76% when only the future values were considered. The cost-effective models were contrasted with area-effective models to show the pros and cons with such approaches. The area-constrained models often selected a more or less large proportion of old forest (77% when subjective preferences were considered, but 13% when only future values were considered), and were more expensive but covered less area to reach the same biodiversity value. In the aspen study higher lichen species richness was found on the retained trees that had been exposed for a longer time, including easily dispersed species and species often found in old forest. Scientists alone cannot find the optimal reserve network, since it depends on the goals that are set by society and how success is valued. Decision makers have to integrate societal, ecological and economic data and balance short term and long term constraints in terms of cost and available area in order to design cost-effective conservation strategies.

Authors/Creators:Lundström, Johanna
Title:Reserve selection in boreal forest
Subtitle:focusing on young forest biodiversity potential
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2013
Number of Pages:63
I.Lundström, J., Öhman, K., Perhans, K., Rönnqvist, M. & Gustafsson, L. (2011). Cost-effective age structure and geographical distribution of boreal forest reserves. Journal of Applied Ecology 48(1), 133-142.
II.Lundström, J., Öhman, K., Rönnqvist, M. & Gustafsson, L. How reserve selection is affected by stakeholder preferences in Swedish boreal forests (manuscript).
III.Lundström, J., Öhman, K., Rönnqvist, M. & Gustafsson, L. Considering future biodiversity potential in conservation planning (manuscript).
IV.Lundström, J., Jonsson, F., Perhans, K. & Gustafsson, L. (2013). Lichen species richness on retained aspens increases with time since clear-cutting. Forest Ecology and Management 293(1), 49-56.
Place of Publication:Uppsala
Publisher:Institutionen för ekologi, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-7831-7
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:K Forestry > K01 Forestry - General aspects
U Auxiliary disciplines > U40 Surveying methods
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Agrovoc terms:boreal forests, nature reserves, stand characteristics, biodiversity, age structure, nature conservation, planning, models, costs, data collection, survey methods
Keywords:conservation planning, green tree retention, young forest
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ID Code:10426
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: Johanna Lundström
Deposited On:10 May 2013 06:05
Metadata Last Modified:13 Dec 2014 12:19

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