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Interpreting wind damage risk-how multifunctional forest management impacts standing timber at risk of wind felling

Potterf, Maria and Eyvindson, Kyle and Blattert, Clemens and Burgas, Daniel and Burner, Ryan and Stephan, Jörg and Mönkkönen, Mikko (2022). Interpreting wind damage risk-how multifunctional forest management impacts standing timber at risk of wind felling. European Journal of Forest Research. 141 :2 , 347-361
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Abstract

Landscape multifunctionality, a widely accepted challenge for boreal forests, aims to simultaneously provide timber, non-timber ecosystem services, and shelter for biodiversity. However, multifunctionality requires the use of novel forest management regimes optimally combined over the landscape, and an increased share of sets asides. It remains unclear how this combination will shape stand vulnerability to wind disturbances and exposed timber volume. We combined forest growth simulations and multi-objective optimization to create alternative landscape level forest management scenarios. Management choices were restricted to 1) rotation forestry, 2) continuous cover forestry, and 3) all regimes allowed over a harvest intensity gradient from completely set aside landscapes to maximal economic gain. Estimates for the stands' structural and environmental characteristics were used to predict the stand level wind damage probability. We evaluated averaged wind-exposed standing timber volume and changing forest structure under management scenarios. Intensive rotation forestry reduced tree heights and wind damage risk, but also reduced landscape multifunctionality. Conversely, continuous cover forestry maintained multifunctionality but increased wind damage probability due to taller trees and higher thinning frequency. Overall, continuous cover forestry lowers the total volume of wind exposed timber at any given time compared with rotation forestry. Nevertheless, a selective application of rotation forestry contributes to high economic gains and increases landscape heterogeneity. A combination of management approaches across landscapes provides an efficient way to reduce the amount of wind-exposed timber volume while also increasing habitat for vertebrate and non-vertebrate species and satisfying high timber demands.

Authors/Creators:Potterf, Maria and Eyvindson, Kyle and Blattert, Clemens and Burgas, Daniel and Burner, Ryan and Stephan, Jörg and Mönkkönen, Mikko
Title:Interpreting wind damage risk-how multifunctional forest management impacts standing timber at risk of wind felling
Series Name/Journal:European Journal of Forest Research
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:141
Number:2
Page range:347-361
Number of Pages:15
Publisher:SPRINGER
ISSN:1612-4669
Language:English
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:Set aside, Biodiversity, Bioeconomy, Optimization, Boreal forests, Wind disturbance
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116641
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116641
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1007/s10342-022-01442-y
Web of Science (WoS)000771854100001
ID Code:27519
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Swedish Species Information Centre
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:08 Apr 2022 10:25
Metadata Last Modified:08 Apr 2022 10:31

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