Contrast of different early-thinning practices in naturally regenerated young mixed forest in the Urbión Model Forest

The Urbión region has a strong forestry tradition with a large number of industries related to the wood industry. For this reason, it’s been characterized by a long history in wood mobilization. Traditionally, the management of young forest in the area consists of a non-selective early-thinning approximately at 10 years of age (Ho = 6 m) in which a 75% of the standing biomass is extracted combining the creation of forest trails and the early-thinning between trails chopping the wood debris on-site and leaving them on the forest. The actual demand is focused in wood panels, timber for pallet, and biomass (including firewood). However, the biomass created from the early-thinning is not extracted from the forest because its economic balance is negative (the cost of extraction exceeds the value of the product). The objectives of this Pilot Project are: to enhance wood mobilisation in young mixed forests by trying to convert non-commercial silvicultural operations into neutral or commercial thinning developing a more cost-effective silviculture and to evaluate different harvesting alternatives.

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Contact: Felipe Bravo, Pablo Sabin, Beatrice de la Parra


Institution: UVA, Agresta, ECM

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Accesses: Public access

Geographic Contexts: Rural

Domain: Harvest , Management

Coniferous Destinations: Material use (sawntimber, pulp, panel boards, posts & poles etc) , Energy use

Harwood Destinations: Energy use

Market Destinations: trend is stable demand for firewood , trend is increasing demand from pulp and panel board industry , trend is increasing demand from energy plants , trend is stable demand from sawmill

Forest Types: Softwoodous forest of the Mediterranean, Anatolian and Macaronesian regions

Govern Actors: Universities and other educational organisations , Regional government , Local government

Financial Supports: government forest management support scheme , regional taxes , local taxes

Manager Types: managed by professional forest manager (service provider) , managed by regional forest service

Owner Types: private , public

Scale Operations: medium scale (50-200 ha)