Geographia Polonica (2012) vol. 85, iss. 2

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Down dead wood in a forest – still an obstacle to forest management or already an ecological issue?

Jacek Wolski

Geographia Polonica (2012) vol. 85, iss. 2, pp. 97-121
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.2012.2.14

Abstract

This paper consists of three complementary sections, preceded by a short review of various Polish publications. The discussedsections cover: I. Method of measuring down dead wood (DDW) in a forest, II. An estimation of DDW resources instands which are managed and of uneven-age, III. Suggestions for DDW management in managed forests – a look at theresults of the suggestions made 10 years ago. The first section is a review of the main assumptions of the American approachto measuring DDW. The second section presents an evaluation of DDW resources in the three Forest PromotionalComplexes of Puszcza Białowieska, Bory Lubuskie, Bory Tucholskie. An analysis of the correlations is included. The thirdand final part offers a critical look at the implementation of the recommendations made 10 years ago by the authors ofthe project. These were recommendations for, what were at that time, new principles of handling DDW in Polish forests.

Keywords: down dead wood, method of measurements, Forest Promotional Complexes, forest management, dead wood volume

Jacek Wolski [j.wolski@twarda.pan.pl], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, 00-818 Warsaw, Twarda 51/55, Poland