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Forest edge development

management and design of forest edges in infrastructure and urban environments

Wiström, Björn (2015). Forest edge development. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Alnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2015:129
ISBN 978-91-576-8456-1
eISBN 978-91-576-8457-8
[Doctoral thesis]

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This thesis investigates design guidelines and management systems for the development of stationary forest edges with a graded profile in infrastructure and urban environments. The spatial restriction for the edge to move forward caused by human land use counteracts the natural dynamics and development patterns of graded forest edges. However graded forest edges with successively increasing height from the periphery to the interior of the forest edge are often seen as ideal as they supports important multiple functions while at the same time keeping hazardous trees away from tracks, roads, power lines and houses. This calls for suitable management systems and design guidelines. This thesis focuses on the woody species assemblies and vegetation structures. Two starting points of forest edge development was investigated in Southern Sweden; 1) Planted designed forest edges in the Landscape Laboratory of Alnarp, and 2) Natural regenerated forest edges, after clearing along a 610 km railway line between Malmö and Stockholm. Based on the studies it is proposed that the planning of active forest edge development should depart from basic abiotic gradients and it is important to incorporate vegetation structure at site and landscape level into the long-term planning. The management and design actions taken in relation to this should acknowledge the importance of controlling tree dominance. Traits and species strategies relating to tolerance of shade, drought, waterlogging, browsing as well as dispersal mode and growth form can be used as interpretive framework for forest edges assembly and to guide management actions. When assembling species in relation to these traits, placement along the cross section of the forest edge should be a central aspect of the planting design. Based on the findings two management systems were conceptualized; Zoned Selective Coppice that departs from threshold heights and spatial zonation, respectively Functional Species Control that focus on control of dominating tree species. Further a guideline for planting principle was conceptualized. Three long term experimental trials have been developed and established to enable controlled evaluation of these management systems and design guidelines.

Authors/Creators:Wiström, Björn
Title:Forest edge development
Subtitle:management and design of forest edges in infrastructure and urban environments
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2015
Depositing date:15 December 2015
Number of Pages:130
IWiström, B. & Nielsen, A.B. (2014). Effects of planting design on planted seedlings and spontaneous vegetation 16 years after establishment of forest edges. New Forests, 45(1), pp. 97-117.
IIWiström, B. & Nielsen, A.B. Decisive environmental characteristics for woody regrowth in forest edges – patterns along complex environmental gradients in Southern Sweden. (Revised Manuscript resubmitted to Forest Ecology and Management)
IIIWiström, B., Nielsen, A.B., Klobučar, B. & Klepec, U. (2015). Zoned selective coppice – A management system for graded forest edges. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 14(1), pp. 156-162.
IVWiström, B. & Nielsen, A.B. Forest edge regrowth typologies in southern Sweden - Relationship to environmental characteristics and implications for management (Manuscript submitted to Environmental Management)
Place of Publication:Alnarp
Publisher:Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-8456-1
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-576-8457-8
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:F Plant production > F40 Plant ecology
K Forestry > K01 Forestry - General aspects
P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
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
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Landscape Architecture
Agrovoc terms:boreal forests, urban environment, forest management, infrastructure, landscaping, land use, coppice system, vegetation, ecological succession, botanical composition, spatial distribution
Keywords:assembly, environmental gradient, forest edge, management, planting design, infrastructure, woody vegetation, trial, selective systems, biodiversity experiment, species traits, coppice
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ID Code:12912
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)
External funders:Trafikverket
Deposited By: Björn Wiström
Deposited On:16 Dec 2015 09:46
Metadata Last Modified:10 Sep 2020 13:41

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