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Socio-ecological implications of modifying rotation lengths in forestry

Roberge, Jean-Michel and Laudon, Hjalmar and Björkman, Christer and Ranius, Thomas and Sandström, Camilla and Felton, Adam and Sténs, Anna and Nordin, Annika and Granström, Anders and Widemo, Fredrik and Bergholm, Johan and Sonesson, Johan and Stenlid, Jan and Lundmark, Tomas (2016). Socio-ecological implications of modifying rotation lengths in forestry. Ambio. 45(Suppl.2), S109-S123
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13280-015-0747-4

Abstract

The rotation length is a key component ofeven-aged forest management systems. UsingFennoscandian forestry as a case, we review the socioecologicalimplications of modifying rotation lengthsrelative to current practice by evaluating effects on arange of ecosystem services and on biodiversityconservation. The effects of shortening rotations onprovisioning services are expected to be mostly negativeto neutral (e.g. production of wood, bilberries, reindeerforage), while those of extending rotations would be morevaried. Shortening rotations may help limit damage bysome of today's major damaging agents (e.g. root rot,cambium-feeding insects), but may also increase otherdamage types (e.g. regeneration pests) and impede climatemitigation. Supporting (water, soil nutrients) and cultural(aesthetics, cultural heritage) ecosystem services wouldgenerally be affected negatively by shortened rotations andpositively by extended rotations, as would mostbiodiversity indicators. Several effect modifiers, such aschanges to thinning regimes, could alter these patterns.

Authors/Creators:Roberge, Jean-Michel and Laudon, Hjalmar and Björkman, Christer and Ranius, Thomas and Sandström, Camilla and Felton, Adam and Sténs, Anna and Nordin, Annika and Granström, Anders and Widemo, Fredrik and Bergholm, Johan and Sonesson, Johan and Stenlid, Jan and Lundmark, Tomas
Title:Socio-ecological implications of modifying rotation lengths in forestry
Series/Journal:Ambio (0044-7447)
Year of publishing :2016
Volume:45(Suppl.2)
Page range:S109-S123
Number of Pages:15
Publisher:Springer
Associated Programs and Other Stakeholders:SLU - Research Areas for the Future > Future Forests
ISSN:0044-7447
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:F Plant production > F40 Plant ecology
K Forestry > K01 Forestry - General aspects
X Agricola extesions > X80 Social sciences, humanities and education
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
(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 > 5 Social Sciences > 504 Sociology > Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Agrovoc terms:forest management, forestry, wood production, recreation, climate change
Keywords:Climate change, Forest damage, Non-timber forest products, Production, Recreation, Timber
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3572
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3572
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000372300000005
ID Code:13530
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology

(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology
(S) > Dept. of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology

(S) > Dept. of Forest Ecology and Management
(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
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Deposited On:01 Aug 2016 13:56
Metadata Last Modified:01 Aug 2016 13:56

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