Nature conservation

Nature conservation

Current research results on long term biodiversity protection and the sustainable performance of the ecosystem within the forest are presented here. Reliable techniques for monitoring the ecosystem are indispensible in order to be able to evaluate the success of measures taken.

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Impact of the cultivation of Douglas fir on forest biodiversity

A literature review compiles the current knowledge about the impact of Douglas fir on forest biodiversity and habitats. Knowledge gaps and research needs are presented.

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Species diversity identification using forest indicators

Biodiversity can best be defined by using direct surveys of different species. However, can the diversity of vascular plants, mosses and molluscs be recorded indirectly using forest structure and habitat characteristics?

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Forest development in the Swiss National Park

Forests are generally perceived as being static. However, anyone who spends any length of time studying forests will notice that they are actually incredibly dynamic.

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Handbook Forest and Water

Forest and Water – the Water Framework Directive has given this broad topic new importance. This handbook explains the relevance of the Water Framework Directive to forest management and how its implications should be handled. (15)
Alder Forests and Alder-Ash Forests in Montane Areas of the Vosges and the Alsatian Jura

Alder and Ash-alder forest communities in the Vosges: their ecological function and threats from human influence. This article from the ONF contains recommendations to manage these forests.

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Ecological function of small watercourses

Questioning the function and value of small watercourses opens up a minefield. This article deals with two basic questions: how do current, structure and communities interrelate to create diverse watercourses and what functions of small watercourses are perceivable in the landscape? (20)
Economical Value of Loss of Use

Implementing the WFD can lead to forest management restrictions and thereby a yield loss for the forest owner. The FVA has developed a web based calculating tool that enables yield loss calculations. (18)
Implementation Examples in France and Germany

In this article demonstration WFD implementation projects in Germany and France are introduced in small leaflets. The projects encompass silviculture measures along watercourses, passability measures and utilisation of PEHD-pipes.

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Forest Communities along Watercourses

In this section, a selection of the most important forest communities of small streams in montane areas are presented in a series of pamphlets providing a comparative overview. (7)
1. Goals and Implementation of the Cartographic Survey of Water Bodies in Forests

Part 1 of the "Cartographic survey of wetlands in the Alsatian public forests of the Vosges" by the ONF: Objectives and Implementation.

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