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Speaker:

Klaus Puettmann

Klaus Puettmann
Edmund Hayes Professor in Silviculture Alternatives,
Oregon State University
Website: www.cof.orst.edu/cof/fs/kpuettmann/group.htm

Biography:

Klaus Puettmann is Edmund Hayes Professor in Silviculture Alternatives at Oregon State University. He grew up in Germany and received a degree from Albert-Ludwig University, Freiburg and from Oregon State University. He was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota from 1992 to 2000 and has been working at OSU since 2001. He has published over 75 peer reviewed papers and two books. His research interests include silviculture and stand development of diverse structured forests, spatial dynamics of plant interactions, and density management. His most recent efforts focused on management aspects that increase adaptability and resilience of forest ecosystems.

 

Synopsis of Presentation:

Continuous-cover forestry and similar alternative silviculture approaches are defined by a set of practices, including 1) partial harvests, 2) variability at small spatial scales 3) mixed species, 4) strong preference for natural regeneration, and 5) avoidance of intensive site preparation and weed control practices. This talk addresses the questions: what is limiting the wider, global application of alternative silviculture approaches and what can we learn from our understanding of these limitations? The presentation highlights how assumptions about social and economic settings, logistic and administrative challenges, and ecological conditions relate to the global implementation of alternative silviculture practices. The talk concludes by suggesting to move beyond an emphasis on principles and practices and develop a sound scientific foundation for alternative silviculture approaches. This foundation should specifically address two future challenges: 1) a renewed focus on managing for multiple values and 2) a special emphasis how management affects the capacity of ecosystems to adapt to changing environmental, social, and economic conditions.

 

Conference Resource:

 

Websites and References:

  1. www.resalliance.org
  2. Brang, P., Spathelf, P. Larsen, P.B., Bauhus, J. Boncina, A., Chauvin, C., Drossler, L. Garcia-Guemes, C., Heiri, C. ; Kerr, G. Lexer, M.J., Mason, W. Mohren, F. Muhlethaler, U., Nocentini, S., Svoboda, M. 2014. Forestry doi: 10.1093/forestry/cpu018
  3. Gustafsson, L., S. C. Baker, J. Bauhus, W. J. Beese, A. Brodie, J. Kouki, D. B. Lindenmayer, A. Lõhmus, G. M. Pastur, and C. Messier. 2012. Retention forestry to maintain multifunctional forests: a world perspective. BioScience 62:633-645.
  4. Messier, C. , Puettmann, K.J. and D. Coates (edts.) 2013. Managing Forests as Complex Adaptive Systems: Building Resilience to the Challenge of Global Change. Earthscan, London. Link
  5. Puettmann, K.J. 2014. Restoring the adaptive capacity of forest ecosystems. Journal of Sustainable Forestry. 33:sup1, S15-S27.
  6. Filotas, E., L. Parrott, P.J. Burton, R.L. Chazdon, K.D. Coates, L. Coll, S. Haeussler, K. Martin, S. Nocentini, K.J. Puettmann, F.E. Putz, S.W. Simard, and C. Messier. 2014. Viewing forests through the lens of complex systems science.

 

Speaker:

Bill Mason

Bill Mason
CCFG Chairman
And Senior Silviculturist (Emeritus)
Forest Research
NRS, Roslin
Midlothian, EH25 9SY
Website: www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/billmason

Biography:

After four years as a forest manager, since 1982 I have been a silvicultural researcher based at the Northern Research Station near Edinburgh. After a period working on nursery production systems, my interests widened to cover many aspects of the silviculture of conifer forests in upland Britain, including transformation to more diverse and irregular structures. Current activity includes analysis of the evidence for the wider use of mixed species stands in British forests. I have been a member of CCFG since the early 1990s and attempt to put CCF into practice in family woodlands in central England.


Synopsis of Presentation:

The conference included site visits to 2 local forests: Thirlmere Forest which is owned by United Utilities plc, and Wythop Wood, managed by the Forestry Commission. At each location delegates followed a circuit which included 4 stops where presentations were given (see programme).

In the final plenary session Bill Mason presented a summary of the key points raised at each stop.


Conference Resource:

  • Download/View Bill Mason’s Presentation  [PDF, 800 KB]

Appendix:

  1. The AFI Network and Protocol: developing an International Framework to monitor CCF in Great Britain and Ireland. Notes from the presentation given by Phil Morgan (President, Pro Silva) and Mark and Sharon Rodhouse (Sylvatic Ltd) at Stop 3, Thirlmere Forest. Link to PDF  [PDF, 5.1 MB]

      Thirlmere

  2. Thirlmere Forest – Continuous Cover Demonstration Site Guide. Link to PDF  [PDF, 3.3 MB]
  3. Wythop Forest – Continuous Cover Demonstration Site Guide. Link to PDF  [PDF, 3.8 MB]


Speaker:

Phil Morgan

Phil Morgan
President of Pro Silva
Plas y Wenalt
Llanafan
Aberystwyth, SY23 4AX
Website: www.selectfor.com

Biography:

Philippe Morgan is President of Pro Silva and Vice-president of the Association Futaie Irrégulière. He has a wide range of work and travelling experience from South East Asia to Europe and North America. He manages forests in Wales for a living and also works as a consultant in France and in Ireland. He is a Director of SelectFor, specialists in continuous cover forest management, developing an international network of CCF research stands and training plots across Britain and Ireland.


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