Paper Information

Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF FOREST AND POPLAR RESEARCH   WINTER 2017 , Volume 24 , Number 4 (66) #B0061; Page(s) 612 To 622.
 
Paper: 

QUANTITY AND QUALITY OF DEADWOOD IN THE MID-SUCCESSIONAL STAGE IN ORIENTAL BEECH (FAGUS ORIENTALIS LIPSKY) STANDS (CASE STUDY: KHEYROOD FOREST, NOWSHAHR)

 
 
Author(s):  KAKAVAND M.*, MARVI MOHADJER M.R., SAGHEB TALEBI KH., SEFIDI K., MORIDI M., ABBASIAN P.
 
* FACULTY OF NATURAL RESOURCES, UNIVERSITY OF TEHRAN, KARAJ, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Deadwood is widely recognized as an extremely important structural and functional component of forest communities. Therefore, understanding its role and dynamics are important to improve forest management strategies in both managed and unmanaged forests. The aim of this study was to analyze the qualitative and quantitative characteristics of dead trees in the mid-succession stage in intact mixed oriental beech (Fagus orientalis Lipsky) forests of Kheyrood, Mazandaran province. Three one-ha sample plots were laid out in compartment 310 of Gorazbon district, in which a number of quantitative (diameter at breast height³7.5cm and height) and qualitative (species, type of deadwood (log or snag) and decay class) characteristics were recorded. Our results indicated the mean volume of deadwood of 37.8 m3 ha-1. In addition, common hornbeam (Carpinus betulus L.) possessed the highest frequency (64%) of the deadwood among the species. The frequency and volume proportions of logs were 74.7% and 69.3%, respectively, and the maximum amount of deadwood was observed in the large timber size (50-75 cm). As conclusion, forest management planning should pass an adequate attention to succession stage and the amount of deadwood to guarantee the health, long lasting productivity and sustainability of forest ecosystem.

 
Keyword(s): BEECH, DEADWOOD, HORNBEAM, SUCCESSION, STAND
 
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