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Intensifying forestry in NW Russia?

the roles of landscape history and tree growth

Naumov, Vladimir and Angelstam, Per (2014). Intensifying forestry in NW Russia? Skinnskatteberg: (S) > School for Forest Management, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Euroscapes communication ; 2014:8

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Inspired by Fennoscandian forestry, current Russian forest policy advocates intensification to reach higher sustained yields of wood as a base of economic growth. This requires knowledge about the consequences of regional forest histories, about the biological opportunities for tree growth, and about society. Focusing on a regional logging frontier in the Komi Republic in NW Russia we studied the history of wood use in terms of landscape changes, actors and their ideology. Past wood mining resulted in large areas of unmanaged young and middle-aged forests dominated by birch and aspen, and remnants of remotely located older spruce forests. To understand if biological conditions in NW Russia limit tree growth, we compared tree growth rates of young Scots pine and Norway spruce trees at different site types and latitudes in NW Russia and Sweden. While there was no difference in growth rate of young Scots pine between countries, Norway spruce grew more slowly in NW Russia. However, it was difficult to find young spruce trees growing freely without competition. Spatial planning is needed to segregate intensified wood production and forest management that also benefits rural development and biodiversity conservation. Ultimately, to succeed with intensification in the context of sustainable forest management also economy and society must be studied.

Authors/Creators:Naumov, Vladimir and Angelstam, Per
Title:Intensifying forestry in NW Russia?
Subtitle:the roles of landscape history and tree growth
Series Name/Journal:Euroscapes communication
Year of publishing :2014
Depositing date:2015
Number of Pages:4
Place of Publication:Skinnskatteberg
Publisher:School for Forest Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Associated Programs and Other Stakeholders:Euroscapes
Additional Information:A study about barriers and bridges towards intensification of wood production in NW Russia demostrated that there are no biophisical obsticals and landscape history is essential to choose the right tool-set for decision makers.
Publication Type:Factsheet
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:B Geography and history > B50 History
K Forestry > K01 Forestry - General aspects
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 6 Humanities > 601 History and Archaeology > History
Agrovoc terms:forest plantations, intensive silviculture, forestry production, planning, russia
Keywords:intensification, silviculture, spatial planning
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ID Code:12284
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > School for Forest Management
External funders:FORMAS
Deposited By: Vladimir Naumov
Deposited On:17 Jun 2015 10:14
Metadata Last Modified:14 Jun 2021 11:21

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