c8.10.20 – Legacies of historical land-use on present forest structure in mixed beech-silver fir forests in northern Apennines

Motta R* (1), Garbarino M (1), Berretti R (1), Borchi S (2), Bottacci A (3), Bresciani A (2), Meloni F (1)

(1) Dip. AGROSELVITER, Università di Torino, Grugliasco (TO); (2) Comunità Montana del Casentino, Ponte a Poppi (AR); (3) Corpo Forestale dello Stato, UTB Pratovecchio (AR)
Collocazione: c8.10.20 – Tipo Comunicazione: Poster
8° Congresso SISEF *
Sessione 10: “Poster” *

Contatto: Renzo Motta (renzo.motta@unito.it)

Abstract: This study was carried out in three different forests located in Central Italy in the “Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona, Campigna” National Park at the border between Arno and Tevere watersheds. We analyzed forest structure, quantity and quality of coarse woody debris and forest regeneration in a network of 30-40 sampling plots in each forest. The three forests are characterized by a different past land-use: the Verna forest has been managed by the Franciscan religious order for centuries, the Camaldoli forest has been managed by Camaldolese monks for centuries and, more recently, by the Corpo Forestale dello Stato and the remote Sasso Fratino forest has been sporadically managed in the last centuries and became a strict forest reserve in 1959. The three forests are mixed with beech (Fagus sylvatica L.), other broadleaves species and silver fir (Abies alba Mill.) a conifer that is spontaneous in this region but that, in the same time, it is locally strictly linked to the history of the monks that applied different silver fir “monastic silviculture”. Even if in the recent decades the three forests have been protected (Sasso Fratino) or managed with a low intensity silviculture (Camaldoli and Verna) the present forest structure it is still strictly controlled by the past human land-use. The legacies of the land-use are the driving factors of the current dynamics and reflect both the different management purposes and the different spiritual attitudes of the Franciscan and the Camaldolese monks.

Parole chiave: Abies Alba, Fagus Sylvatica, Forest Dynamics, Coarse Woody Debris

Citazione: Motta R , Garbarino M , Berretti R , Borchi S , Bottacci A , Bresciani A , Meloni F (2011). Legacies of historical land-use on present forest structure in mixed beech-silver fir forests in northern Apennines . 8° Congresso Nazionale SISEF, Rende (CS), 04 – 07 Ott 2011, Contributo no. #c8.10.20