With our research, we aim to evaluate the potential of restoration and forest management of native rainforests to provide multiple values such as mitigating climate change via carbon sequestration and biodiversity, at the same time as economic benefits.
We want to communicate this novel information to scientists, practitioners, and policymakers to aid the transition to a sustainable bio-based economy.
Under our general aim, we are presently doing research within four themes:
What is the contribution of enrichment planting and assisted natural regeneration after 20 years of restoration and beyond?
What is the potential of restored forests compared to industrial plantations and conservation?
What is the potential of using native trees in restoration and in forest management?
How can we manage natural rainforests to reduce degradation and the need for restoration?
Natural rainforests provide the highest biodiversity and ecosystem services, but conventional logging of natural forests is unsustainable and leads to degradation.
In the SUAS experiment, established in 1992, we develop silvicultural methods that make the management of natural forests environmentally and economically sustainable by implementing supervised logging (SL) techniques using directional felling, climber cutting, and planned parallel skidding trails.
The experiment consists of twenty plots, with a size of one hectare, comparing these improved harvesting methods with conventional logging and unlogged forest. The trials have since been actively monitored every second year up to 2017 and today constitute a unique dataset spanning over 25 years.
The improved methods led to less damage to standing stands and regeneration compared to the conventional and more dominant "unplanned" harvesting methods. Compared to other reduced-impact logging approaches it was less expensive and could allow more harvest without compromising recovery.
This knowledge about the dynamics of managed natural rainforests is also essential for managing the forests we restore.
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