Long-term importance of dead wood...

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Long-term importance of dead wood restoration in a managed landscape: a large-scale long-term field experiment revisited.


The objectives of this project are: firstly, to determine the ability of saproxylic (wood living) species to re-colonize young managed forests with documented low conservation values if dead wood is made available. Secondly, determine the long-term importance of substrate quality and availability for saproxylics by revisiting a large scale field experiment that was initiated in 2001. Thirdly, estimate the relative importance of different forest stands types for specific groups/species of saproxylic organisms in order to maximize diversity on a landscape scale. We will use community and functional trait approaches to address these objectives. To address our objectives, we will take advantage of the absolutely unique and well-replicated field experiment initiated in 2001 in close collaboration with the forest companies Holmen, SCA and Sveaskog. By repeating the sampling of our experimental dead wood substrates 12-13 years after the experiment was first started we will be able to compare assemblages through a unique time series, evaluating the conservation value of different substrates and forest types through time.

The project is conducted in close collaboration with international researchers and with major Swedish forestry companies.

Funding: Carl Tryggers Stiftelse, The Royal Swedish Academy of Science.

Project leader:
Joakim Hjältén
Therese Löfroth

Associated researchers:
Christer Nilsson
Jörgen Olsson
Heloise Gibb