Being the classical discipline of forestry management, silviculture aims at influencing the growth of forest stands and individual trees in such a way that the forest is better able to fulfil the demands made of it. Usually an increase in value and stability as opposed to natural hazards are in the foreground.

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Tree growth on the fast track

Continuous monitoring of growth on experimental forest plots since 1870 – this is a global rarity. Just as fascinating is what this observation has revealed: our trees have been growing faster over the last five decades than they did before.

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Pruning for quality improvement

The production of high quality timber requires that some tree species be pruned for quality improvement. This must be done expertly and professionally to ensure success.

Spruce and climate change – what is to be done?

No need for panic, stay cool! It really cannot be inferred that stands of spruce tree will suddenly and abruptly disappear from large areas throughout the country. In this article you will find recommendations for action and alternatives to spruce cultivation in low-lying areas. (1)
Foreign tree species

Some euphorically endorse non-native tree species while others demonize them. Where in lies the truth? In Europe many foreign tree species have been established for a long time. Is that good or bad? Can all the tree species be lumped together? (21)
How far does pollen travel?

Tree pollen travels large distances and there is considerable intermixing of genes in forests. This has both positive and negative consequences for forest management. Small stands are rarely genetically isolated, but seeds from seed stands are less pure than expected.

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Regeneration and Afforestation of Storm Damaged Areas

Post storm the question arises: How to reafforest a side adapted stand? Through the assessment of the site and the existing and expected natural regeneration, it is possible to estimate the potential of the area to regenerate naturally.

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Forest use and tree rings

Tree ring analysis is an important, efficient and low cost instrument for modern forest management. Drill cores as well as cross sections can be used.

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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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Using Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) for Energy or Valuable Timber Production

Excellent growing and wood properties make Robinia pseudoacacia the ideal tree for outdoor use, or short rotation biomass energy plantations.

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Quality and Management of Beech

The aim of beech management is to produce high value timber. However, in Austria we are far away from reaching this goal.

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