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Costs and benefits of seven alternatives for riparian forest buffer management

Sonesson, Johan and Ring, Eva and Högbom, Lars and Lämås, Tomas and Widenfalk, Olof and Mohtashami, Sima and Holmström, Hampus (2021). Costs and benefits of seven alternatives for riparian forest buffer management. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research. 36 , 135-143
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Stand development in riparian forest buffers was simulated for three forest landscapes in Sweden, using data taken from a sample plot inventory along 38 streams. The objectives were: to quantify the effects on wood production and the economy of management alternatives for buffers; and to evaluate the development of important stand structures for buffer functionality. Buffer widths from 0 to 30 m were analyzed with unmanaged or selective logging as alternatives. Leaving unmanaged buffers resulted in the cost being generally proportional to the area of productive forest land covered by buffers in the landscape. The cost for the widest buffer alternative, 30 m, when left unmanaged, was between 4 and 10% of the total net present value of the entire forest landscape. Allowing selective logging to promote broadleaved trees in the buffer reduced the costs to 1-3% of the net present value. Selective logging increased the volume share of broadleaved trees in the buffer, thus enhancing some of its ecological functions. Unmanaged buffers increased the amount of dead wood more than the alternatives with selective logging. Decisions about buffer zone management must consider the trade-off between economic and environmental benefits, as well as the trade-offs between contrasting environmental goals.

Authors/Creators:Sonesson, Johan and Ring, Eva and Högbom, Lars and Lämås, Tomas and Widenfalk, Olof and Mohtashami, Sima and Holmström, Hampus
Title:Costs and benefits of seven alternatives for riparian forest buffer management
Series Name/Journal:Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:36
Page range:135-143
Number of Pages:9
Publisher:TAYLOR AND FRANCIS AS
ISSN:0282-7581
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Keywords:Boreal, water, forestry, economy, wood production, protection
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-110181
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-110181
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1080/02827581.2020.1858955
Web of Science (WoS)000599383200001
ID Code:24381
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
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Deposited On:03 Jun 2021 11:50
Metadata Last Modified:03 Jun 2021 11:51

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