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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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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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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Underplanting of beech beneath spruce: Canopy management and harvesting regime

As a summary, the shade tolerance in seedlings is maintained by leaf orientation, morphological plasticity, low leaf construction costs, and expansion of the leaf area. As a prerequisite, species-adequate nutrient supply has to be assured. (17)
Forest Growth Areas in Austria

The present forest growth classification is designed to replace the three classification schemes which exist at the moment in Austria. However, the use of growth areas may help to make site classification easier.

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Dendrochronological Database

This relational tree ring database contains tree ring data as well as their documentation and spatial information. All information is available over World Wide Web. (25)
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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