Mountain forest

Mountain forest

The conditions in mountain forests are in all respects – climatically, topographically, morphologically, and in regards to safety – extreme. At the same time mountain forests are very sensitive ecosystems which guarantee protection from avalanches, rock falls or erosion.

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Can uniform spruce stands be transformed into mountain selection forests?

In the Swiss Alps there are many uniform spruce stands which, in the medium term, offer less resistance to natural hazards. How far is it possible to transform these spruce stands into non-uniform "mountain selection forests"?

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Cluster afforestation in mountain regions

Artificially established stands originating from afforestations tend to become uniform and thus vulnerable to pests, snow pressure and strong wind. That's why in afforestations it is advantageous to establish groups already at the time of planting.

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