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Occurrence and management of oak in southern Swedish forests

Drössler, Lars and Attocchi, Giulia and Jensen, Anna Monrad (2012). Occurrence and management of oak in southern Swedish forests. Forstarchiv. 83 , 163-169
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.4432/0300-4112-83-163


This article describes the current proportions of forest types with oak (Quercus robur and Q. petraea) in southern Sweden, provides an overview of oak distribution over time and reviews literature about oak regeneration relevant for the region. Further we discuss silvicultural possibilities to maintain and promote oak in Scandinavia. In Götaland pure oak forest covers 1% of the forest area and mixed forest types with > 10% oak proportion cover approximately 10% of the area. Common types of mixture are spruce-oak and pine-oak forest. Both mixtures are frequent in mature forest, especially pine-oak. Additionally, about one third of spruce-oak mixtures can be found in medium-aged forest.

Intensive management would be necessary to promote single oak trees in old pine stands or spruce plantations, but the proportion of oak in coniferous forest provides some potential to maintain additional oak trees. The distribution of acorns by Jays, enhanced measures against browsing, and the release of single oak trees from competing tree species could help to maintain more oak trees for nature conservation. However, regarding management of oak for timber production, conventional methods are recommended. Planting after clear cutting of coniferous forest, or short shelter periods after mast years in oak stands, are established methods to regenerate pure oak stands. Another possibility to develop mature oak forest are mixed oak-spruce plantations, as traditionally practised in a small region in southern Sweden. The different approaches of oak management in Sweden were presented in April 2012 on the annual meeting of the section silviculture of DVFFA (German Union of Forest Research Organizations) in Wermsdorf near Leipzig to give an overview and access to recent forest research in Sweden.

Authors/Creators:Drössler, Lars and Attocchi, Giulia and Jensen, Anna Monrad
Title:Occurrence and management of oak in southern Swedish forests
Series Name/Journal:Forstarchiv
Year of publishing :2012
Page range:163-169
Publisher:Deutscher Landwirtschaftsverlag
Associated Programs and Other Stakeholders:SLU - Environmental assessment > Programme Biodiversity
SLU - Environmental assessment > Programme Forest
Additional Information:Published in Epsilon with permission from Forstarchiv
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Plant production > Forestry
Keywords:Oak, Silviculture, Sweden
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ID Code:9396
Department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
External funders:Future Forests
Deposited By: Lars LD Drössler
Deposited On:25 Feb 2013 14:43
Metadata Last Modified:16 Feb 2015 14:14

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