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International Journal of Forestry and Wood Science

Continuous cover forestry and harvest event analysis

Adrien N. Djomo

Department of Geography, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.

Accepted 15 September, 2014. 

Citation: Djomo AN (2014). Continuous cover forestry and harvest event analysis. Int. J. Forestry Wood Sci., 1(2): 010-022.

Copyright: © 2014 Djomo AN. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited.

Abstract 

Continuous cover forest management system is gaining popularity to clear-felling and the rotation management system associated. Very few researches have been done to assess this management system. A harvest event was analysed in a Reinhausen forest compartment of 2ha, belonging to the state forest of Göttingen; Göttingen is situated in the state of Lower Saxony in Germany. The harvest has modified the stem number per hectare mostly in bigger class of diameter. The diameter class the most affected was between 14 and 23 cm. The harvest affected 11% of the stem in the stand and was constituted only by Fagussilvatica (7.5%) and Fraxinus excelsior (3.5%) which are the main species of this forest. The thinning removed 15% of the basal area and 16% of the volume of the forest stand. The type of thinning was thinning from above (high thinning). Apart from Fagussilvatica that the average height of trees reduces of 45cm after harvest, there was no difference on average height after harvest for other species. The harvest event has induced changes on the spatial distribution of the forest stand. The impact of this modification on environment has not been analyzed by this study.

Keywords: Thinning, harvest event analysis, continuous cover forestry, clear-cutting, rotation forest management