Paper Information

Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF FOREST AND POPLAR RESEARCH   WINTER 2008 , Volume 15 , Number 4 (30); Page(s) 398 To 416.
 
Paper: 

DEVELOPMENT STAGES AND DYNAMIC OF TWO ORIENTAL BEECH (FAGUS ORIENTALIS) COMMUNITIES AT NATURAL FORESTS OF KHEIROUDKENAR-NOSHAHR

 
 
Author(s):  MATAJI A.A.*, SAGHEB TALEBI KH.
 
* RESEARCH AND SCIENCE BRANCH, ISLAMIC AZAD UNIVERSITY
 
Abstract: 
Considering the morphological characteristics of trees and the structure of stands, different development stages could be recognized in natural untouched forests. The development stages as well as the dynamic of the stands are basic references for application and development of nature based silvicultural interventions. The aim of this research was to study the structure, qualitative and quantitative characteristics of the main development stages (initial, optimal and decay) in two different plant communities of oriental beech forests, in the Caspian region. For this purpose two communities of Rusco- Fagetum and Carpineto-Fagetum in the experimental forest of Tehran University (Kheyroudkenar- Noshahr) were selected. In each community three sample plots, each one ha, were established and tree spieces, diameter and height of all trees were assessed. Moreover, one transect (10.100) was selected in each sample plot and the structure (vertical and horizontal profile) of the stand was studied. Results showed that all three stages could be recognized in the pure beech community, while the optimal stage has not been occurred yet in the mixed beech-hornbeam community. Distribution of stem number, basal area and volume in different diameter and height classes of all development stages are given in this paper.
 
Keyword(s): DEVELOPMENT STAGE, PLANT COMMUNITY, ORIENTAL BEECH, NATURAL FOREST, CASPIAN REGION
 
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