c8.10.9 – Protocols for the assessment of forest management effects on deadwood amount and quality, on the occurrence of microhabitats and on flora and vegetation diversity.

Lombardi F (1), Parisi F (2), Giancola C (1), Tognetti R (1), Marchetti M (1)

(1) 1University of Molise, STAT Department, Contrada Fonte Lappone, 86090, Pesche (Isernia); (2) University of Molise, STAT Department, Contrada Fonte Lappone, 86090, Pesche (Isernia)
Collocazione: c8.10.9 – Tipo Comunicazione: Poster
8° Congresso SISEF *
Sessione 10: “Poster” *

Contatto: Fabio Lombardi (fabio.lombardi@unimol.it)

Abstract: Forest management has effects on deadwood amount and quality, both negatively, impoverishing the occurrence of microhabitats and floristic diversity, and positively, restoring ecological niches and increasing deadwood amounts. In the context of the LIFE Project ManFor C.BD. “Managing forests for different purposes: carbon, biodiversity and human well-being”, different types of forest management options are tested, from traditional to more innovative practices. The study takes place in several forest ecosystems in Italy (with an extension in Slovenia) characterized by different forest stands where spruce, beech and oak are prevalent. The management practices are carried out at the same time, in order to study their effect on deadwood amounts, microhabitats occurrence and flora and vegetation diversity. Deadwood sampling design, spatially randomized and temporally stratified, consists in the materialization of three plots of 13 meters of radius, concentric within the structural sampling survey plots, for each type of forest management option. Standing dead trees, dead downed trees, snags, coarse woody debris and stumps are surveyed and decay level classification of each deadwood piece is carried out. Occurring microhabitats, which are common or easy to observe and generally known for the evaluation of level of forest naturalness, are assessed within the plots. Twenty-three different types of microhabitats are distinguished. Finally, in order to quantify species diversity, a floristic list is draw up all over the area of 3 ha related to each forest management option. Phytosociological surveys are carried out in a sampling unit of 20-m side square, coincident with the deadwood and structural data sampling plots.

Parole chiave: Life Project, Forest Management, Deadwood, Microhabitats, Floristic Diversity, Sampling Protocols

Citazione: Lombardi F , Parisi F , Giancola C , Tognetti R , Marchetti M (2011). Protocols for the assessment of forest management effects on deadwood amount and quality, on the occurrence of microhabitats and on flora and vegetation diversity. . 8° Congresso Nazionale SISEF, Rende (CS), 04 – 07 Ott 2011, Contributo no. #c8.10.9