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Forest multifunctionality is not resilient to intensive forestry

Pohjanmies, Tähti and Eyvindson, Kyle and Triviño, María and Bengtsson, Jan and Mönkkönen, Mikko (2021). Forest multifunctionality is not resilient to intensive forestry. European Journal of Forest Research. 140 , 537-549
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There is ample evidence that intensive management of ecosystems causes declines in biodiversity as well as in multiple ecosystem services, i.e., in multifunctionality. However, less is known about the permanence and reversibility of these responses. To gain insight into whether multifunctionality can be sustained under intensive management, we developed a framework building on the concept of resilience: a system's ability to avoid displacement and to return or transform to a desired state. We applied it to test the ability of forest multifunctionality to persist during and recover from intensive management for timber production in a boreal forest. Using forest growth simulations and multiobjective optimization, we created alternative future paths where the forest was managed for maximal timber production, for forest multifunctionality, or first maximal timber production and then multifunctionality. We show that forest multifunctionality is substantially diminished under intensive forestry and recovers the slower, the longer intensive forestry has been continued. Intensive forestry thus not only reduces forest multifunctionality but hinders its recovery should management goals change, i.e., weakens its resilience. The results suggest a need to adjust ecosystem management according to long-term sustainability goals already today.

Authors/Creators:Pohjanmies, Tähti and Eyvindson, Kyle and Triviño, María and Bengtsson, Jan and Mönkkönen, Mikko
Title:Forest multifunctionality is not resilient to intensive forestry
Series Name/Journal:European Journal of Forest Research
Year of publishing :2021
Page range:537-549
Number of Pages:13
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Keywords:Sustainable forest management, Ecosystem services, Biodiversity, Boreal forest, Finland, Transformation capacity
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Web of Science (WoS)000604810200002
ID Code:24363
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
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Deposited On:02 Jun 2021 11:24
Metadata Last Modified:02 Jun 2021 11:31

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