Sustainable, well-planned, near to nature forest management deals with the production of raw timber. The classical central disciplines are silviculture, forest growth and yield and forest planning supplemented by information on the timber market, storage and bio-energy. Loss events, such as windfall, bark beetle or game damage, present an ever re-occurring challenge to forest personnel. Successful management in avoiding and limiting risks and damage is part of an effective operational strategy.

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Wood Fuel on the Increase

Producing energy from renewable resources has become a trend. A trend in which timber also plays a role. However, how much wood energy can be used sustainably? A conference in Freiburg, Germany, provided information on strategies and answers to questions on the use of wood energy. (10)
ProCoGen: Adaption of Forests to Climate Change

European forests are unthinkable without Conifers. The threats posed by global warming, depletion by certain diseases and pests, fires, as well as harvesting rates exceeding regeneration, either naturally or artificially, are all important reasons for investigating our knowledge on the mechanisms underlining the expression of important adaptive and productive traits in our forest species.

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The Insect Pest Handbook: Prevention – Identification – Action

Besides bark beetles & Co, there are many other insects that can cause considerable damage to forests. What can be done when beetles, caterpillars or aphids are threatening the forest?

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Measures against insect pests

We see that certain insect species can, through an outbreak, cause problems and therefore appropriate action must be taken. In this article we have collected web links and information about this topic.

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Prevention of damage from insects – prevention is better than cure

Near-natural forests are the best prevention for a potential pest outbreak. But other measures can be productive too. In this article we have collected web links and information about this topic. (5)
Who's eating my forest? Insect knowledge and identification

For the correct monitoring and application of defensive measures one should identify insect pests as early as possible. Here you can see how you can identify insect pests with books or internet sites or check to see if there is an expert who can help you further. (4)
The monitoring and prognosis of insect pests

The most important forest insects are monitored using different methods. With this information one can draw conclusions about the size of the populations, recognize hazards and take the appropriate defensive measures.

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The effect of mice, deer and blackberries on naturally regenerated English oaks

During the process of natural regeneration a large number of forest trees die in the germination or seedling phase. This is especially the case with oak trees which are the preferred browsing of hoofed game. The results of the following case study illustrate (7)
Invasive Neophytes in the Forest

In Switzerland more and more alien plant species are making an appearance in the forests. When these species escape into the wild, and appear in large numbers, they can eliminate indigenous species, cause economic damage or affect people’s health.

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From forester to forester – internal communication in a crisis

It is unpleasant if a forest ranger learns what the forest office strategy will look like after a storm from the newspaper. This happens if management issues information without explaining it to employees. Learn to communicate internally successfully! (5)
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