Forest@ - Rivista di Selvicoltura ed Ecologia Forestale http://www.sisef.it/forest@/ Ultimi lavori pubblicati Copyright (c) 2004-2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved it http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss PHP 5.3.1 editorial.staff@sisef.org (Gabriele Bucci) editorial.staff@sisef.org (Gabriele Bucci) 60 Forest@ Web Site http://www.sisef.it/images/common/link_forest@.png http://www.sisef.it/iforest/ Editoriali: Sulla ricerca forestale nazionale, ovvero cominciamo dai risultati della VQR 2011-2014 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0078-014 <p><b>Marchetti M</b></p><p><b>SULLA RICERCA FORESTALE NAZIONALE, OVVERO COMINCIAMO DAI RISULTATI DELLA VQR 2011-2014</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: Starting from the recent issue of the national research evaluation program 2011-2014, the paper discusses results and rankings for the forest sector, both for research institutes and universities in Italy. Having a general look to the different research groups operating in the country, and referring to the institutional situation, rapidly evolving for forests, forestry and wood chains, the most important challenges and aims of the future research topics to be discussed and carried forward are presented.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: ANVUR, Valutazione Qualità della Ricerca, Università ed Enti di Ricerca, AGR 05, AGR 06</p><p><i>Forest@ 14 (2): 94-98 (2017)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor0078-014<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0078-014" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0078-014</a></p><hr size="1"/> Marchetti M Editoriali 2017-03-28 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0078-014 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Articoli Scientifici: L’assestamento forestale basato su servizi ecosistemici e pagamenti per servizi ecosistemici: considerazioni a valle del progetto LIFE+ Making Good Natura http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2235-014 <p><b>Gaglioppa P, Guadagno R, Marino D, Marucci A, Palmieri M, Pellegrino D, Schirpke U, Caracausi C</b></p><p><b>L’ASSESTAMENTO FORESTALE BASATO SU SERVIZI ECOSISTEMICI E PAGAMENTI PER SERVIZI ECOSISTEMICI: CONSIDERAZIONI A VALLE DEL PROGETTO LIFE+ MAKING GOOD NATURA</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: Forests are important for timber production and provide a wide range of ecosystem services (ES), including water provision and regulation, carbon sequestration, erosion control, and recreational services. However, these services, which are crucial for human well-being, are not sufficiently recognised and rarely included into forest planning. The project LIFE+ Making Good Natura aims to develop innovative governance models for agro-forestry sites of the Natura 2000 network based on ES to achieve new possible mechanisms of (self)financing. This paper provides insights into the biophysical and monetary valuation of nine ES, which were quantified for selected Natura 2000 sites in different regions of Italy. Based on our results, Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) are discussed in relation to forest planning and management suggesting a new concept for the forest planning. Management plans should hence integrate different financial flows, not only wood or timber, but also different ES which provide more interesting income.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Forest Planning, Forest Management Plan, Ecosystem Services, Natura 2000, Payments For Ecosystem Services</p><p><i>Forest@ 14 (2): 99-106 (2017)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor2235-014<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2235-014" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2235-014</a></p><hr size="1"/> Gaglioppa P, Guadagno R, Marino D, Marucci A, Palmieri M, Pellegrino D, Schirpke U, Caracausi C Articoli Scientifici 2017-03-28 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2235-014 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Articoli Scientifici: Strategie di valorizzazione della filiera foresta-legno in Calabria: il punto di vista dei portatori d’interessi http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2277-013 <p><b>Paletto A, Giacovelli G, Matteucci G, Maesano M, Pastorella F, Turco R, Scarascia Mugnozza G</b></p><p><b>STRATEGIE DI VALORIZZAZIONE DELLA FILIERA FORESTA-LEGNO IN CALABRIA: IL PUNTO DI VISTA DEI PORTATORI D’INTERESSI</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: Strategies for the promotion of the forest-wood chain in Calabria (southern Italy): the stakeholders’ point of view. In Italy, the value of bioeconomy is 251 billion € and more than 1.7 million of workforce is employed in this sector. The forest-wood chain cover about 15% of total value of bioeconomy. The consultation draft of Italian Bioeconomy Strategy was presented on November 22, 2016. This document identifies three macro-sectors (agrifood, marine bioeconomy, forestry and biobased industry) with the respective objectives and priorities. In addition, some Italian regions are organizing to devise a regional strategy detailing the key points of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy and Italian Bioeconomy Strategy in accordance with local peculiarities. In order to develop a regional strategy for the forest sector it is important to investigate the social demands and needs involving the local stakeholders. The aim of the study is to investigate the stakeholders’ opinions of Calabria Region (Italy) about the priorities of forest-wood chain to include in the future regional bioeconomy strategy. The stakeholders’ opinions were collected through the face-to-face administration of a structured questionnaire to 99 local stakeholders. The respondents assessed the importance of a set of objectives aimed to enhance the forest-wood chain at local level (economic exploitation of wood products; diffusion of forest certification; orientation of production to market demand; coordination of forest-wood-energy chain’s actors; implementation of environmental and cultural forest values; improvement of the level of mechanization in wood processing; improvement of the efficiency of forestry workers). In addition, the respondents assessed the capacity of some specific activities to achieve the above mentioned objectives. The collected data were used to define two strategies aimed to enhance the forest-wood chain in Calabria Region. The results show that for the interviewed stakeholders the main three objectives are: the implementation of environmental and cultural forest values, the improvement of the efficiency of forestry workers, and the diffusion of forest certification. In addition, the stakeholders highlighted the importance of the activities of environmental education for the citizens and the professional training courses for the forest operators. Finally, the diffusion of forest certification is a key issue for the interviewed stakeholders. This issue can be achieved facilitating the access of the certified products to the market and creating a chain-of-custody system for the wood products.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Bioeconomy, Public Participation, Consultation, Forest Certification, Environmental and Cultural Forest Values</p><p><i>Forest@ 14 (1): 34-48 (2017)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor2277-013<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2277-013" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2277-013</a></p><hr size="1"/> Paletto A, Giacovelli G, Matteucci G, Maesano M, Pastorella F, Turco R, Scarascia Mugnozza G Articoli Scientifici 2017-02-27 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2277-013 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Articoli Scientifici: Quanto sono differenti i boschi di conifere? Confronto fra le comunità di Lepidotteri notturni di abetine e pinete in Calabria http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2241-013 <p><b>Infusino M, Scalercio S</b></p><p><b>QUANTO SONO DIFFERENTI I BOSCHI DI CONIFERE? CONFRONTO FRA LE COMUNITÀ DI LEPIDOTTERI NOTTURNI DI ABETINE E PINETE IN CALABRIA</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: How much different are conifer forests? Comparison of Lepidoptera community in silver fir and black pine stands in Calabria (southern Italy). The main coniferous forests of Calabria (Italy) are certainly the Calabrian black pine (Pinus nigra calabrica) forests of the Sila massif and the silver fir (Abies alba) forests of the Serre Vibonesi. Despite these woodlands are of great importance both economically and from a conservationist point of view, biodiversity of moth has been investigated in a non occasional way only for the Sila Calabrian black pine forests, while the silver fir woods of the Serre have been only recently the subject of studies. Apart from increasing the knowledge on the biodiversity of the nocturnal Lepidoptera hosted by Calabrian coniferous forests, the aim of this study was to compare the sampled communities to find out the main differences and their causes. The sampling was conducted in 9 sites for each forest type, distributed so as to cover the different development stages of ecological succession, from open areas to mature woodlands. A light trap was monthly placed at each site from May to November 2015, for a total of 126 nights/trap. The two communities showed low similarity indices (Classic Jaccard = 0.396; Sorensen Classic = 0.568), due both to the component trophically linked to the dominant forest species and to the component linked to the herbaceous layer. In fact, the dominant species in the Calabrian black pine wood and in the silver fir wood (Thera firmata and Macaria liturata, respectively) are absent or only occasionally present in the other forest type, and the community linked to the herbaceous layer is much better represented in the Calabrian black pine forest (29.7% of the total) than in the silver fir forest (14.9%). The arrangement of the Sila landscape, where Calabrian black pine forests alternate with pastures, shrubs and cultivated fields, seems to be the cause of the increased presence of species related to non-forest vegetation layer, while the micro-climatic conditions of the silver fir forest, more humid and temperate, favor the presence of a limited share of species trophically associated with herbaceous plants, which, however, have a high bio-geographical interest.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Lepidoptera, Biodiversity, Communities</p><p><i>Forest@ 14 (1): 49-59 (2017)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor2241-013<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2241-013" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2241-013</a></p><hr size="1"/> Infusino M, Scalercio S Articoli Scientifici 2017-02-27 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2241-013 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Articoli Scientifici: TaCAL: un sistema di tariffe del volume legnoso e delle fitomasse delle specie forestali della Calabria http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2278-013 <p><b>Scrinzi G, Clementel F, Floris A, Gasparini P</b></p><p><b>TACAL: UN SISTEMA DI TARIFFE DEL VOLUME LEGNOSO E DELLE FITOMASSE DELLE SPECIE FORESTALI DELLA CALABRIA</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: In the frame of the ALFORLAB project, a harmonised set of tree volume (and biomass) single entry tables (“tariffs”) was developed for the main 20 forest species of Calabria (Southern Italy), to outline the “coordinates” of volume expression for inventory purposes at both regional and forest planning level. The system, called TaCAL, was based on the double entry volume and biomass functions of the Italian National forest Inventory - INFC 2005 -, and was built studying the height/dbh relationships on 2300 trees measured during the INFC campaign in Calabria, on over 300 sampling plots randomly distributed. For each of the 20 species, or group of similar species, the tariff system is articulated into 9 h/d relationship curves, which are in turn related to corresponding single entry tables of tree volume (stem and branches with dbh above 5 cm), and respective biomass tables. According to INFC 2005 stereometric equations, TaCAL system is suitable for both high forests and coppices. TaCAL provides a uniform volume and biomass estimation system for all main forest species of Calabria as well as, under certain conditions, a unique criterion of expression of the site fertility. TaCAL tariff system has already been integrated into the construction of forecasting models of timber volume and biomass based on angle count samplings, at forest management scale. TaCAL has also provided the basis for ground truth volume estimates to develop forecast models through remote sensing LiDAR data. It must be emphasized that TaCAL represents the first case in Italy in which single tree data by INFC field surveys were used to carry out a comprehensive dendrometric system at a regional level.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Volume Tables, Tariff Systems, Biomass Tables, Forest Planning, Calabria</p><p><i>Forest@ 14 (1): 60-74 (2017)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor2278-013<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2278-013" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2278-013</a></p><hr size="1"/> Scrinzi G, Clementel F, Floris A, Gasparini P Articoli Scientifici 2017-02-27 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2278-013 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Articoli Scientifici: Relazione fra diversità del paesaggio in ecosistemi forestali montani mediterranei e diversità dei Lepidotteri a differenti scale spaziali http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2296-014 <p><b>Greco S, Coluzzi R, Imbrenda V, Infusino M, Simoniello T, Scalercio S</b></p><p><b>RELAZIONE FRA DIVERSITÀ DEL PAESAGGIO IN ECOSISTEMI FORESTALI MONTANI MEDITERRANEI E DIVERSITÀ DEI LEPIDOTTERI A DIFFERENTI SCALE SPAZIALI</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: The diversity in composition of moth communities living forest habitats is strongly related to habitat characteristics, depending mainly on dominant forest type. The species in a community have different behaviors and are more or less influenced by the surrounding landscape diversity. The effects of landscape diversity on moth communities are significant when the appropriate spatial scale is considered, which depends on the ecological needs and dispersion abilities of species. In this study we assessed the relationships between landscape diversity at different spatial scales in four different forest Calabrian scenarios, identified by using the CORINE Land Cover, and moth diversity. Nocturnal Lepidoptera were sampled in beech, chestnut, Calabrian black pine and fir forests by using LED light traps. In each forest type 9 traps were positioned, in a total of 36 sample plots selected by the maturity of forest. The diversity of Lepidoptera communities was related to landscape diversity, considering each sample plots as the center of the surrounding landscape analyzed with different buffers (500m, 1000m, 2000m, 3000m, and 5000m). Diversity moth-landscape correlations were performed for: (i) all 36 sample plots; (ii) only broadleaves forest sites; (iii) only conifers forest sites; (iv) only forested plots; (v) only non-forested plots. Our results suggest that landscape composition in forest ecosystems, both at small and medium spatial scale, have a driving role in determining moth communities diversity, pointing out that the landscape structure is a parameter to taking in account for the sustainable management of forests.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Lepidoptera, Diversity, Landscape Ecology, CORINE Land Cover, Calabria</p><p><i>Forest@ 14 (1): 75-83 (2017)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor2296-014<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2296-014" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2296-014</a></p><hr size="1"/> Greco S, Coluzzi R, Imbrenda V, Infusino M, Simoniello T, Scalercio S Articoli Scientifici 2017-02-27 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2296-014 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Articoli Scientifici: Indicatori ad ampia scala per il monitoraggio della diversità forestale per le principali formazioni boschive della Calabria http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2293-014 <p><b>Infusino M, Scalercio S, Corona P, Greco S, Puletti N, Chianucci F</b></p><p><b>INDICATORI AD AMPIA SCALA PER IL MONITORAGGIO DELLA DIVERSITÀ FORESTALE PER LE PRINCIPALI FORMAZIONI BOSCHIVE DELLA CALABRIA</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: Recently, the Society’s perception of forest resources has gone through significant changes. Forest ecosystems play a multifunctional role and host an important portion of the whole biodiversity, particularly in the Mediterranean area. Remote sensing technologies provide a unique way to obtain spatially extensive information on forest ecosystems, but relatively few studies used such information to evaluate forest habitat and biotic diversity. In this paper we evaluate the effectiveness of remote sensing to predict forest diversity by linking remotely sensed information with diversity metrics obtained from ground measurements of butterfly diversity. The field work was carried out in Calabria in four different forest types (beech, chestnut, black pine and silver fir forests). The sampling of Lepidoptera was carried out by LED light traps. We positioned 9 traps per forest type, for a total of 36 sites chosen to sample the different stages of forest succession in each forest type. Samples were carried out once a month from May to November 2015. Data from in situ butterfly measurements were compared with above ground forest biomass estimated from airborne LiDAR with NDVI estimated from Landsat 8. Results indicated that the Geometridae/Noctuideae ratio of lepidopteran communities was significantly correlated with the tree biomass, its distribution among tree size classes and the NDVI. The Geometridae/Noctuidae ratio, therefore, represents an index easy to calculate, which can be employed to integrate data acquired from remote sensing in order to obtain continuous spatial estimates of forest naturalness.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: LiDAR, Moths, Biodiversity, Bioindicators Taxa, Landsat, NDVI</p><p><i>Forest@ 14 (1): 84-93 (2017)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor2293-014<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2293-014" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2293-014</a></p><hr size="1"/> Infusino M, Scalercio S, Corona P, Greco S, Puletti N, Chianucci F Articoli Scientifici 2017-02-27 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2293-014 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Rassegne: Precision forestry: riferimenti concettuali, strumenti e prospettive di diffusione in Italia http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2285-014 <p><b>Corona P, Chianucci F, Quatrini V, Civitarese V, Clementel F, Costa C, Floris A, Menesatti P, Puletti N, Sperandio G, Verani S, Turco R, Bernardini V, Plutino M, Scrinzi G</b></p><p><b>PRECISION FORESTRY: RIFERIMENTI CONCETTUALI, STRUMENTI E PROSPETTIVE DI DIFFUSIONE IN ITALIA</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: Precision forestry: concepts, tools and perspectives in Italy. Recent advancements in informatics and communication technologies have led to an increasing employment of analytical and communication tools in forestry, including data from satellite, airborne, unmanned aerial vehichles, global positioning systems, and many sensors, devices and other geospatial tools. Precision forestry enables highly repeatable measurements, actions and processes to manage and harvest forest stands, simultaneously allowing information linkages between production and wood supply chain, involving resource managers and environmental community; all these factors are contributing to the wider goal of sustainable forest management. In this report, we review the most recent advances in the precision forestry applications and tools, with particular reference on advanced forest inventory, decision support systems, precision forest harvesting, and wood traceability. We discuss the opportunities and challenges towards implementing precision forest practices in forest management and planning and forest industry in Italy.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Silviculture, Forestry-wood Chain, Forest Inventory, Precision Agriculture, Bio-economy, Digital Agriculture, ICT</p><p><i>Forest@ 14 (1): 1-12 (2017)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor2285-014<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2285-014" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2285-014</a></p><hr size="1"/> Corona P, Chianucci F, Quatrini V, Civitarese V, Clementel F, Costa C, Floris A, Menesatti P, Puletti N, Sperandio G, Verani S, Turco R, Bernardini V, Plutino M, Scrinzi G Rassegne 2017-01-31 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2285-014 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Articoli Scientifici: Pubblica partecipazione nell’implementazione della rete Natura 2000 in Italia: le esperienze dei portatori d’interessi http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2131-014 <p><b>Paletto A, Graziani A, Brescancin F, De Meo I</b></p><p><b>PUBBLICA PARTECIPAZIONE NELL’IMPLEMENTAZIONE DELLA RETE NATURA 2000 IN ITALIA: LE ESPERIENZE DEI PORTATORI D’INTERESSI</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: Public participation in the implementation of the Natura 2000 network in Italy: the stakeholders’ experiences. Natura 2000 is an ecological network of protected areas identified by the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC) and the Birds Directive (79/409/EC) - recently replaced by the Directive 2009/147/EC - in order to ensure the long-term protection of endangered species in their natural habitats in European Union (EU) territory. EU Member States are responsible for developing and implementing the procedures defined by Habitats Directive, but there are no specific recommendations about participation of stakeholders and local community in the decision-making process. Consequently, each country has adopted a different participatory strategy taking into account the principles of integration approach. The integration approach is based on combining human activities and nature conservation purposes in the same area or, at least, in areas in close proximity. In Italy, the implementation of Natura 2000 network was developed at local level (Regions and Autonomous Provinces) using different approaches and procedures. Starting from these considerations, the aim of the study was to analyse the stakeholders’ involvement process during the implementation of Habitats Directive in Italy and the management of Natura 2000 sites. This study was realized using three main criteria with the respective indicators: (1) inclusiveness of participatory process; (2) democracy of participatory process; (3) cooperation and conflicts during the implementation process of Natura 2000 network. The data were collected through the administration by email of a semi-structured questionnaire to 56 stakeholders divided in four main groups of interest (public administrations, universities and research centres, environmental associations, private organizations). The results of the survey show that the participatory process was characterized by a low level of inclusiveness despite the existence of some best practices at local level. In many cases, the decisions were taken by a low number of stakeholders - mostly public administrations - while the individuals of local community were only informed. Conversely, the results highlights as positive aspect the increasing level of trust among stakeholders after the Natura 2000 network implementation process.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Habitats Directive, Protected Areas, Nature Conservation, Participatory Process, Conflicts, Stakeholders</p><p><i>Forest@ 14 (1): 13-27 (2017)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor2131-014<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2131-014" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2131-014</a></p><hr size="1"/> Paletto A, Graziani A, Brescancin F, De Meo I Articoli Scientifici 2017-01-31 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2131-014 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Articoli Scientifici: Acacia saligna: specie invasiva delle coste molisane http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2211-013 <p><b>Calabrese V, Frate L, Iannotta F, Prisco I, Stanisci A</b></p><p><b>ACACIA SALIGNA: SPECIE INVASIVA DELLE COSTE MOLISANE</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: Italy is one of the European countries most affected by biological invasions. In this study, we focused on the impact of Acacia saligna, an Australian invasive plant species, on the coastal ecosystem’s ecology and biodiversity along the sandy coasts of Molise (southern Italy). We analyzed data from 61 vegetation plots recorded in coastal pine forest and Mediterranean scrub habitats of Molise throughout the preparatory actions of the “LIFE Maestrale” project (NAT/IT/000262). In order to study the ecological impact of Acacia saligna comparing invaded and non-invaded areas, we first assigned the Ellenberg’s indicator values to each plant species, which were then used to relate the presence of Acacia saligna with ecological characteristics of sites through a generalized linear model (GLM). Our results showed a significant positive relationship between the presence of Acacia saligna and high levels of soil nutrients and, on the contrary, a negative relationship with the presence of mesophilic species, which are typical of the community interest habitats of pine forest (2270*). The use of ecological indicators is effective to pinpoint the ecological effects of biological invasions, as well as to evaluate habitat conservation state and to identify vulnerable native species.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Alien Species, Acacia Saligna, EC Priority Habitat, Nitrophilous Species, Molise</p><p><i>Forest@ 14 (1): 28-33 (2017)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor2211-013<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2211-013" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2211-013</a></p><hr size="1"/> Calabrese V, Frate L, Iannotta F, Prisco I, Stanisci A Articoli Scientifici 2017-01-31 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2211-013 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Editoriali: Chi guiderà la politica forestale nazionale? http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0079-013 <p><b>Borghetti M</b></p><p><b>CHI GUIDERÀ LA POLITICA FORESTALE NAZIONALE?</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: Some questions about who will lead the national forest policy.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Forest Policy, Forest Management, Italian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry</p><p><i>Forest@ 13 (1): 90 (2016)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor0079-013<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0079-013" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0079-013</a></p><hr size="1"/> Borghetti M Editoriali 2016-12-13 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0079-013 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Articoli Scientifici: La percezione sociale del paesaggio forestale in Trentino-Alto Adige: casi di studio a confronto http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2119-013 <p><b>Pastorella F, Santoni S, Notaro S, Paletto A</b></p><p><b>LA PERCEZIONE SOCIALE DEL PAESAGGIO FORESTALE IN TRENTINO-ALTO ADIGE: CASI DI STUDIO A CONFRONTO</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: The landscape is the product of human activities and nature as developed during the centuries. However, the landscape has a symbolic value because it can be considered the identity and culture of a territory that includes the values and beliefs of local population. The Alpine landscape is a unicum in the world due to its geomorphologic, climatic and vegetation characteristics and socio-economic conditions of local population. Over the centuries the social perception of Alps has changed: in a first phase the Alps were considered “horrible and scary mountains”, later Alps were perceived as “beautiful and fascinating places”, and currently the Alpine mountains are considered a place of relaxation and recreation. The analysis of landscape perception aimed to investigate the visitors’ opinions about landscape is an important instrument to support the decision concerning the land planning and management. This study focuses on the analysis of the aesthetic perception of visitors on Alpine landscapes following two perspectives: a first overall perspective considering the landscape as a mosaic of different land uses and a second perspective of detail observing the individual components that characterize the forest landscape. The aim of the study is to identify the most appreciated elements of landscape from the aesthetic point of view and the influence of socio-demographic characteristics of respondents on individual perception. In order to investigate the perception about the Alpine landscapes 358 visitors of two sites of Trentino-Alto Adige (Val di Genova and Santa Maria lake) were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. The results show that the most appreciated elements of the landscape by the visitors are water (lakes and rivers) and forests. These preferences are also conditioned by the site where the interviews were made. In addition, the results show that for the respondents of this survey the forest with the highest attractiveness is an uneven aged and mixed forest with randomly distributed trees, a canopy cover between 50% and 60% and without lying deadwood. Finally, this study shows the influence of socio-demographic characteristics of respondents (age, gender and origin) on individual preferences considering three types of perceptions: instinctive perception, affective perception and intellectual perception.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Cultural Landscape, Forest Multifunctionality, Visitors, Recreational Forest Function, Italian Alps</p><p><i>Forest@ 13 (1): 73-89 (2016)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor2119-013<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2119-013" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2119-013</a></p><hr size="1"/> Pastorella F, Santoni S, Notaro S, Paletto A Articoli Scientifici 2016-12-03 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2119-013 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Commenti & Prospettive: Nota a chiarimento dell’Editoriale “Habitat reali o virtuali?” di C. Urbinati e G. Iorio http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2276-013 <p><b>Cutini M, Carli E, Console C, Frattaroli AR, Venanzoni R, Viciani D, Zitti S, Gigante D</b></p><p><b>NOTA A CHIARIMENTO DELL’EDITORIALE “HABITAT REALI O VIRTUALI?” DI C. URBINATI E G. IORIO</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: The authors wish to clarify some misrepresenting remarks arising from the reading of the Manual of the Dir. 92/43/EEC Ann. I habitats monitoring (Angelini et al. 2016) published in the editorial notes of Forest@ (October 2016). Some aspects of the habitat monitoring protocol for the habitat type 9210* “Apennine beech forests with Taxus and Ilex” are here discussed. The reported comments are intended to provide a useful contribution towards a clarification of any content that, for obvious reasons of brevity, may have been explained in a non-exhaustive way.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: 9210*, Beech Forests, Dir. 92/43/CEE, Habitat, Monitoring, Vegetation</p><p><i>Forest@ 13 (1): 62-65 (2016)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor2276-013<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2276-013" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2276-013</a></p><hr size="1"/> Cutini M, Carli E, Console C, Frattaroli AR, Venanzoni R, Viciani D, Zitti S, Gigante D Commenti & Prospettive 2016-12-01 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2276-013 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Commenti & Prospettive: Il Manuale per il Monitoraggio degli Habitat di interesse comunitario: una risposta a C. Urbinati e G. Iorio http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2289-013 <p><b>Angelini P, Casella L, Genovesi P, Chiarucci A</b></p><p><b>IL MANUALE PER IL MONITORAGGIO DEGLI HABITAT DI INTERESSE COMUNITARIO: UNA RISPOSTA A C. URBINATI E G. IORIO</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: This is a reply to the paper “Actual or virtual habitats? Commentary to «Manual for monitoring species and habitats of EC interest (Directive 92/43/CEE) in Italy: habitats»”. We used some additional information to clarify keypoints raised in the paper.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Chiarimenti, Dir. 92/43/CEE, Tipi Di Habitat, Monitoraggio</p><p><i>Forest@ 13 (1): 66-68 (2016)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor2289-013<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2289-013" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2289-013</a></p><hr size="1"/> Angelini P, Casella L, Genovesi P, Chiarucci A Commenti & Prospettive 2016-12-01 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2289-013 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Commenti & Prospettive: Ancora su monitoraggio degli Habitat forestali: replica alle note di chiarimento di Cutini et al. 2016 e Angelini et al. 2016 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0080-013 <p><b>Urbinati C, Iorio G</b></p><p><b>ANCORA SU MONITORAGGIO DEGLI HABITAT FORESTALI: REPLICA ALLE NOTE DI CHIARIMENTO DI CUTINI ET AL. 2016 E ANGELINI ET AL. 2016</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: More on monitoring forest habitats: reply to Cutini et al. 2016 e Angelini et al. 2016. The authors reply to the clarification notes by Angelini et al. (2016a) and by Cutini et al. (2016) concerning the “Manuals for monitoring species and habitats of EC interest (Directive 92/43/CEE) in Italy: habitats” (Angelini et al. 2016b). They discuss about the role of ecosystem monitoring, the inclusive/exclusive feature of the 9210* habitat, the lack of information on forest spatial and chronological structure. The authors conclude fostering a synergic approach between vegetation and forest science experts in order to provide new and more advanced tools for monitoring, analysis, conservation and management of forest ecosystems in a changing environment.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Apennine Beech Forests, Monitoring, Forest Structure, Habitat Conservation, Global Change</p><p><i>Forest@ 13 (1): 69-72 (2016)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor0080-013<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0080-013" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0080-013</a></p><hr size="1"/> Urbinati C, Iorio G Commenti & Prospettive 2016-12-01 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0080-013 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Editoriali: Habitat reali o virtuali? Commenti a “Manuali per il monitoraggio di specie e habitat di interesse comunitario (Direttiva 92/43/CEE) in Italia: habitat” http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0081-013 <p><b>Urbinati C, Iorio G</b></p><p><b>HABITAT REALI O VIRTUALI? COMMENTI A “MANUALI PER IL MONITORAGGIO DI SPECIE E HABITAT DI INTERESSE COMUNITARIO (DIRETTIVA 92/43/CEE) IN ITALIA: HABITAT”</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: This is a letter sent recently to the authors of the “Manuals for monitoring species and habitats of EC interest (Directive 92/43/CEE) in Italy: habitats”. Critical comments are raised about the description of Apennine beech forests with Taxus baccata and Ilex aquifolium (Habitat 9210*) and the methods proposed for forest measurement and sampling. The described scenario about this forest habitat is considered unrealistic.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Habitats, Apennine beech forests, Conservation, Forest management</p><p><i>Forest@ 13 (1): 59-61 (2016)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor0081-013<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0081-013" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0081-013</a></p><hr size="1"/> Urbinati C, Iorio G Editoriali 2016-10-26 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0081-013 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Articoli Scientifici: Cancri e deperimenti causati da Neofusicoccum parvum su rimboschimenti di Acacia melanoxylon in Italia http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2041-013 <p><b>Sidoti A</b></p><p><b>CANCRI E DEPERIMENTI CAUSATI DA NEOFUSICOCCUM PARVUM SU RIMBOSCHIMENTI DI ACACIA MELANOXYLON IN ITALIA</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: In the spring of 2012, in reforested areas of Peloritani Mountains (Sicily, Italy) a severe dieback of Acacia melanoxylon R. Brown was observed. The main symptoms on both young and adults plants consisted of elongated cankers on the trunks and epicormic shoots, wilt of the canopy and dieback interested mostly aged trees. The woody tissues showed browning beyond the cankers. Sapwood and heartwood appeared decayed with a brown to gray-greenish discoloration. One fungal species was consistently isolated from infected woody tissues, which was morphologically attributed to Neofusiccocum sp. The sequencing of the ITS regions of a representative isolate allowed to identify (99% similarity) the species Neofusiccocum parvum (Pennycook & Samuels) Crous, Slippers and Phillips, teleomorph Botryosphaeria parva Pennycook & Samuels. The pathogenicity tests have reproduced symptoms similar to those observed in the field. N. parvum is the aetiologic agent of mortality of australian blackwood observed in Sicily and to our knowledge this is the first report of this fungus on Acacia melanoxylon. It is a generalist pathogen, cosmopolitan, present in many temperate areas, Mediterranean and subtropical. The older Peloritani Mountains populations of australian blackwood seem particularly susceptible to the pathogen, the latter favored by the lack of silvicultural interventions that generate interspecific and intraspecific competition, as well as the increase and spread of the fungus. To minimize the consequential damage is necessary to adopt sanitation measures that would lower the fungal inoculum and program substitutions of this exotic species with others that have multiple functions suited to environments (e.g., Chestnut) or encouraging the establishment and development of native species, such as the holm oak and shrub.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Australian Blackwood, Cankers, Botryosphaeriaceae, Italy, Sapwood</p><p><i>Forest@ 13 (1): 41-46 (2016)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor2041-013<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2041-013" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2041-013</a></p><hr size="1"/> Sidoti A Articoli Scientifici 2016-10-14 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2041-013 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Articoli Scientifici: Suggerimenti per una eucalitticoltura clonale sostenibile nelle aree a clima mediterraneo dell’Italia centro-meridionale http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2059-013 <p><b>Mughini G</b></p><p><b>SUGGERIMENTI PER UNA EUCALITTICOLTURA CLONALE SOSTENIBILE NELLE AREE A CLIMA MEDITERRANEO DELL’ITALIA CENTRO-MERIDIONALE</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: The cultivation of eucalyptus clones in areas of central-southern Italy with a Mediterranean climate has become necessary in order to meet, albeit in part, the strong domestic demand of woody biomass for energy use (wood chips, firewood, charcoal, pellets). In the last ten years, in fact, Italy has become one of the world’s largest importers of woody biomass for energy use. In our country the eucalyptus can be grown following the principles and methods of planted forest systems. The aim of the present paper is to point out the main problems that this culture can face in the national pedoclimatic context, together with their possible solution. Among the possible solutions, the most sustainable are suggested, which may contribute to both economic and energy savings for the culture and for other human activities. These solutions, widely used in various contexts, are briefly described, and references to the literature of the sector are provided for a deeper insight.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Eucalyptus, Planted Forest, Biomass, Clone, Sustainability</p><p><i>Forest@ 13 (1): 47-58 (2016)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor2059-013<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2059-013" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2059-013</a></p><hr size="1"/> Mughini G Articoli Scientifici 2016-10-14 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor2059-013 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Editoriali: La questione delle Aree Interne, sfida e opportunità per il Paese e per il settore forestale http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0082-013 <p><b>Marchetti M</b></p><p><b>LA QUESTIONE DELLE AREE INTERNE, SFIDA E OPPORTUNITÀ PER IL PAESE E PER IL SETTORE FORESTALE</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: Starting from the current evolution of the national legislation in the matter of socioeconomic development of inner and remote areas in Italy, a strict correlation with the forest and forestry sector is pinpoint and described. In the last decades forest geography has more and more become a mountain geography, where mountains are the main part of the country and are mainly affected by abandonment of rural areas. Despite the great potential for the invoked European new bioeconomy wave, forest area, the biggest green infrastructure in Italy, has its major role in the conservation purposes, well calibrated and actually effective. Room for other ecosystem services, starting from a responsible and well balanced process of wood mobilization and other regulating functions, are discussed, such as the importance and the high opportunity for halting demographic decline and pushing internal socioeconomic energies.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Socioeconomic Development, Inner and Remote Areas, Forestry Sector, Ecosystem Services, Bioeconomy</p><p><i>Forest@ 13 (1): 35-40 (2016)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor0082-013<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0082-013" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0082-013</a></p><hr size="1"/> Marchetti M Editoriali 2016-06-13 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0082-013 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Editoriali: I dati dell’Inventario Forestale Nazionale Italiano sono on-line e disponibili in modalità open-access http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0083-013 <p><b>Borghetti M, Chirici G</b></p><p><b>I DATI DELL’INVENTARIO FORESTALE NAZIONALE ITALIANO SONO ON-LINE E DISPONIBILI IN MODALITÀ OPEN-ACCESS</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: Raw data from the Italian National Forest Inventory are on-line and publicly available. The National Forest Service in cooperation with the Forestry Research Centre (CREA) of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests released the raw data from the National Inventory of Forests and forest Carbon pools - INFC2005 project, the second Italian national forest inventory. Data are available together with metadata information at http://www.inventarioforestale.org/. Users, after registration, can download data from 230.874 living tree stems, 16.472 dead tree stems, 31.083 stumps, from a total of 7.272 field plots (for 1.384 of them additional data on fine woody debris and soil carbon pools are also available).</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: National Forest Inventory, INFC, Italy, Open Access, Italian Forest Service</p><p><i>Forest@ 13 (1): 33-34 (2016)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor0083-013<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0083-013" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0083-013</a></p><hr size="1"/> Borghetti M, Chirici G Editoriali 2016-05-11 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0083-013 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Commenti & Prospettive: Pensiero forestale http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0084-013 <p><b>Corona P</b></p><p><b>PENSIERO FORESTALE</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: This note emphasizes the importance of appreciating the conceptual paths and theories that have historically characterized forestry development. A recent monograph on the history of forest thinking presents the theoretical evolution of silvicultural science, with particular attention to epistemological and ethical implications: the main lines of research progress are stressed by analysing the various schools of thought in this field. The reading of the monograph strengthens the evidence that always behind the facts, there are the ideas.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Silviculture, Forest History, Epistemology, Ethics</p><p><i>Forest@ 13 (1): 31-32 (2016)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor0084-013<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0084-013" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0084-013</a></p><hr size="1"/> Corona P Commenti & Prospettive 2016-05-10 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0084-013 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Articoli Scientifici: La carabidofauna (Coleoptera, Carabidae) del “Bosco Palli”, una cerreta relitta del Basso Monferrato (Piemonte, Italia) http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1929-013 <p><b>Allegro G, Chiarabaglio PM</b></p><p><b>LA CARABIDOFAUNA (COLEOPTERA, CARABIDAE) DEL “BOSCO PALLI”, UNA CERRETA RELITTA DEL BASSO MONFERRATO (PIEMONTE, ITALIA)</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: The Carabid fauna of “Bosco Palli”, a relict Turkey oak wood in the hilly area of Basso Monferrato, is described. This wood covers an area of about 50 hectares divided in two separate core areas and is almost entirely surrounded by agricultural crops. A total of 25 Carabid species were recorded, of which only 11 are present in the central core areas and 23 in the peripheral ecotone areas. There are only very few species with strict forest attitude, but a prosperous population of Carabus italicus was recorded, located in a peripheral portion of the forest on moist and swampy soil. The poorness of this fauna and the scarcity of specialized forest species may be a consequence of the limited area of the wood, its fragmentation, the total isolation in an agricultural context and the repeated coppicing carried out up to about half of the past century.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Ground Beetles, Bioindicators, Relict Forests, Turkey Oak Woods, Monferrato Hills</p><p><i>Forest@ 13 (1): 8-17 (2016)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor1929-013<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1929-013" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1929-013</a></p><hr size="1"/> Allegro G, Chiarabaglio PM Articoli Scientifici 2016-04-04 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1929-013 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Rassegne: Determinanti, attitudini e disponibilità alla produzione di beni e di servizi da parte dei proprietari forestali privati: una rassegna della letteratura internazionale http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1751-013 <p><b>Mozzato D, Gatto P</b></p><p><b>DETERMINANTI, ATTITUDINI E DISPONIBILITÀ ALLA PRODUZIONE DI BENI E DI SERVIZI DA PARTE DEI PROPRIETARI FORESTALI PRIVATI: UNA RASSEGNA DELLA LETTERATURA INTERNAZIONALE</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: Determinants, attitudes and willingness of private forest owners to produce goods and services: a review of the international literature. There is an information gap in the Italian literature with regards to private forest ownership, while several analysis are available on the characteristics and the management systems of public forest ownership. To address this gap, this paper presents the characteristics of private forest owners and their evolution in time by reviewing the international literature in the last three decades. The examined studies are reported according to four perspectives: (i) the available classifications and/or typologies of private forest owners; (ii) the determinants of different forest owners’ behaviors, especially in relation to their objectives; (iii) the attitudes of forest owners and the motivations behind their management decisions; (iv) the valuation of the willingness to accept monetary compensations in return for the provision of ecosystem services. The results show a very complex picture, varying both in space and time. However, some recurring features can be identified: (i) not only are forest owners motivated by timber production goals, but also by other reasons, often very diversified and detached from market considerations; (ii) a “multi-functional” forest owner is by no means less active, but, conversely, is more active than a forest owner whose sole objective is timber production; (iii) in general, the active owner is a farmer whose family has owned the forest for many generations (and in this case he/she is more market-oriented), or is a new entry in the forestry sector; (iv) the “passive” owner is usually elderly, non-farmer and resides far from the property. In addition, the “absent” owner is a common problem to several of the examined geographical contexts. Although the results of the review cannot be transferred as such, they represent a useful starting point for similar analyses in the Italian context. Examining the determinants and attitudes of private forest owners in Italy would indeed prove interesting, given that private forest ownership in Italy represents a relevant share of total forest area and that the implementation of new policy tools such as payments for ecosystem services requires active participation by all key actors, including forest owners.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Private Forest Ownership, Forest Owners, Attitudes, Forest Owners’, Typologies, Ecosystem Services</p><p><i>Forest@ 13 (1): 18-30 (2016)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor1751-013<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1751-013" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1751-013</a></p><hr size="1"/> Mozzato D, Gatto P Rassegne 2016-04-04 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1751-013 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Commenti & Prospettive: Imprese forestali “estere”: possibili mutamenti e alterazioni del mercato dei prodotti legnosi http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0085-013 <p><b>Andreatta G</b></p><p><b>IMPRESE FORESTALI “ESTERE”: POSSIBILI MUTAMENTI E ALTERAZIONI DEL MERCATO DEI PRODOTTI LEGNOSI</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: In recent years, a major change has been taking place in forestry companies involved in coppice logging in the province of Forlì-Cesena (northern Apennines, Italy). Entrepreneurs of foreign origin who live and work in Italy, though having the legal head office and the tax domicile in a different EU country (particularly Romania), entered the local market of coppice logging. Such “foreign” companies may benefit of significant tax advantages at different stages (stand purchase, forest exploitation, sale of wood products), creating serious difficulties to the national forestry companies and representing a possible nuisance to the local market of wood products. Possible actions aimed at contrasting such situation are discussed.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Imprese Forestali Estere, Vantaggi Fiscali, Criticità per le Imprese Forestali Nazionali</p><p><i>Forest@ 13 (1): 1-7 (2016)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor0085-013<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0085-013" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0085-013</a></p><hr size="1"/> Andreatta G Commenti & Prospettive 2016-01-23 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0085-013 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Commenti & Prospettive: Lectio Magistralis del Prof. Orazio Ciancio in occasione del suo ottantesimo compleanno http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0086-012 <p><b>Iovino F</b></p><p><b>LECTIO MAGISTRALIS DEL PROF. ORAZIO CIANCIO IN OCCASIONE DEL SUO OTTANTESIMO COMPLEANNO</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: On december 3, 2015 the 80th birthday of Prof. Orazio Ciancio has been celebrated at the Italian Academy of Forest Sciences in Florence (Italy) by a meeting organized by the proponents of the “Manifesto of the systemic silviculture”. In this context, Prof. Ciancio has given his lectio magistralis focused on the culture of complexity, the systemic concept, the reference scientific paradigma, the relationship between science and humanism and those among culture, aethics and arts.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Selvicoltura Sistemica, Silvosistemica, Rapporto Bosco-uomo, Gestione Forestale</p><p><i>Forest@ 12 (1): 50-51 (2015)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor0086-012<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0086-012" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0086-012</a></p><hr size="1"/> Iovino F Commenti & Prospettive 2015-12-30 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0086-012 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Commenti & Prospettive: Il “new deal” degli Inventari Forestali Nazionali è finalmente arrivato? http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1915-012 <p><b>Chirici G</b></p><p><b>IL “NEW DEAL” DEGLI INVENTARI FORESTALI NAZIONALI È FINALMENTE ARRIVATO?</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: This paper briefly describes the recent initiatives of Spain and France that made raw data from their National Forestry Inventory available both online and via open-access databases. As part of the implementation of the European PSI-Directive on the re-use of Public Administration data and the realization of the Statute of Digital Administration by the Agency for Digital Italy (AGID), a similar implementation by the Italian Forest Service is expected through the on-line and open access publication of all georeferenced data related to the phase III of the 2015 Italian Inventory of Forests and Carbon Reservoirs.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: National Forest Inventory, Georeferenced Data, PSI Directive, Open Access</p><p><i>Forest@ 12 (1): 47-49 (2015)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor1915-012<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1915-012" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1915-012</a></p><hr size="1"/> Chirici G Commenti & Prospettive 2015-11-25 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1915-012 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Commenti & Prospettive: Il 10° Congresso Nazionale SISEF: “Sostenere il pianeta, boschi per la vita” http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0087-012 <p><b>Ciancio O</b></p><p><b>IL 10° CONGRESSO NAZIONALE SISEF: “SOSTENERE IL PIANETA, BOSCHI PER LA VITA”</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: After greeting the Congress participants on behalf of the Italian Academy of Forest Sciences and having recalled its role in promoting debate and innovation in the forestry sector, some brief thoughts on research in silviculture are presented. The Final motion of the Round table “The forest and man”, held in Florence in 1995, stated that “The forest is a complex biological system which has a fundamental role in maintaining life on our planet. Like all living systems, the forest has intrinsic value, it is a subject of rights which must be preserved and protected”. In the last decades a new forestry culture has developed which is based on three “E”s: Ecology, Economy and Ethics. Silviculture is a biological science and its vitality depends on its history and its ability to confront, not only on technical bases but also in scientific terms, the challenges coming from constant change. It is concluded that radical innovation is an asset of young people. They are the ones in charge of future scientific development. For this reason they must be educated to creativity and cultural independence. They must be aware of the importance of their work, which should be based on intense study and a search for excellence, even if this brings no immediate acknowledgement. If young researchers follow these rules, nothing will be precluded and success will finally arrive.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: SISEF National Congress, Ecology, Economy, Ethics</p><p><i>Forest@ 12 (1): 45-46 (2015)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor0087-012<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0087-012" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0087-012</a></p><hr size="1"/> Ciancio O Commenti & Prospettive 2015-10-24 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0087-012 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Editoriali: Laudato si’ (senza bosco, né pane né fuoco) http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0088-012 <p><b>Corona P</b></p><p><b>LAUDATO SI’ (SENZA BOSCO, NÉ PANE NÉ FUOCO)</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: Laudato si’ (without forest, neither bread nor fire). The encyclical letter Laudato si’ of the Holy Father Francis on care for our common home, our planet, is considered. The approach to complex socioecological systems is stressed. In this same perspective, the tenth congress of the Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology, to be held in Firenze (Italy) next September 15th to 18th, aims to highlight the role of forests and forestry in supporting the life on the planet. Forestry can be one of the most dynamic sectors of the “green economy”. The ethical norm of respect for the intrinsic value of the ecosystem is just brought about by concern, closeness and familiarity between man and forest and, on the contrary, it may be hampered by aprioristic resource immobilization.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Encyclical Letter, Forestry, Land Ethic, Tenth Congress of The Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology</p><p><i>Forest@ 12 (1): 41-42 (2015)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor0088-012<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0088-012" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0088-012</a></p><hr size="1"/> Corona P Editoriali 2015-08-25 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0088-012 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Commenti & Prospettive: Limitare la diffusione di Xylella fastidiosa e recuperare le piante infette con le buone pratiche agricole http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0089-012 <p><b>Xiloyannis C, Palese AM, Lardo E, Sofo A</b></p><p><b>LIMITARE LA DIFFUSIONE DI XYLELLA FASTIDIOSA E RECUPERARE LE PIANTE INFETTE CON LE BUONE PRATICHE AGRICOLE</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: (not available)</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Xylella fastidiosa, Olivo, Pratiche Agricole, Ripristino della Fertilità</p><p><i>Forest@ 12 (1): 43-44 (2015)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor0089-012<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0089-012" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0089-012</a></p><hr size="1"/> Xiloyannis C, Palese AM, Lardo E, Sofo A Commenti & Prospettive 2015-08-25 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0089-012 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Articoli Scientifici: Aspetti biologici, ecologici e genetici di popolamenti di frassino ossifillo (Fraxinus angustifolia Vahl) dell’Italia nord-orientale http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1628-012 <p><b>Belletti P, Camerano P, Ferrazzini D, Fiorentin R, Cego Pernigotto F</b></p><p><b>ASPETTI BIOLOGICI, ECOLOGICI E GENETICI DI POPOLAMENTI DI FRASSINO OSSIFILLO (FRAXINUS ANGUSTIFOLIA VAHL) DELL’ITALIA NORD-ORIENTALE</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: Narrow leaved ash (Fraxinus angustifolia Vahl) is an important forest tree belonging to peculiar and threatened ecosystems, where it forms mixed populations with other deciduous trees. Its range partly overlaps with that of European ash (Fraxinus excelsior) and interspecific cross is possible. These habitats are of the utmost importance due to their high level of biodiversity, but highly threatened by human activities. Since climate change is expected to favor the diffusion of narrow leaved ash, a study was carried out with the aim of enhancing our knowledge of the biological, ecological and genetic aspects of this species. Twelve populations of narrow leaved ash from north-eastern Italy were sampled and their genetic variability was analyzed by means of six molecular markers (nuclear microsatellites), of which 4 gave consistent and repeatable results. Overall, 113 alleles were observed, of which 38 were present in only one population (private alleles). Consistent levels of genetic variability was found (mean number of alleles per locus = 7.08, effective number of alleles per locus = 4.37, expected heterozygosity = 0.613), though lower than those reported in the literature. Fixation index was very close to zero, indicating a good agreement with Hardy-Weinberg’s expectations. The genetic differentiation among populations was significant (both GST e FST as high as 0.102), although it was not possible to correlate the distribution of genetic variability with ecological or geographical factors. Genetic pools of F. excelsior and F. angustifolia were distinct, though several individuals showed intermediate genetic characteristics, especially in the population from Grotta di Farra where both species are present and many individuals showed intermediate morphological features. The presence of individuals possibly originated by interspecific cross should be taken into account in the case of seed collection. Our results may contribute to a rationale management of genetic resources of narrow leaved ash, also considering the current legislation on forest reproductive material.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Narrow Leaved Ash, nSSR Markers, Genetic Variability, Genetic Differentiation, Interspecific Hybridization, Regions of Provenance, Seed Stands</p><p><i>Forest@ 12 (1): 25-40 (2015)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor1628-012<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1628-012" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1628-012</a></p><hr size="1"/> Belletti P, Camerano P, Ferrazzini D, Fiorentin R, Cego Pernigotto F Articoli Scientifici 2015-08-08 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1628-012 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Articoli Scientifici: SWOT-AHP come strumento inclusivo di analisi della filiera foresta-legno-energia: il caso di studio della Val Sarentino (Alto Adige) http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1536-012 <p><b>Nikodinoska N, Mattivi M, Notaro S, Paletto A, Sparapani G</b></p><p><b>SWOT-AHP COME STRUMENTO INCLUSIVO DI ANALISI DELLA FILIERA FORESTA-LEGNO-ENERGIA: IL CASO DI STUDIO DELLA VAL SARENTINO (ALTO ADIGE)</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: In the last years, the use of forest biomass for energy purpose is steadily increasing to tackle energy security issues and to mitigate climate change by stabilizing greenhouse gases (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere. In Italy, the new National Energy Strategy established that the renewable energy must cover 20% of gross energy demand by 2020. In order to achieve this objective the forest biomass could be of fundamental importance. In this context of increasing extraction of wood residues from forests, it is relevant to analyse two key aspects: (1) the involvement of stakeholders in the strategy for the valorization of forest-wood-energy chain at local level; and (2) the potential impacts of increased forest biomass extraction on environment. This paper analyses these two aspects through the stakeholders’ opinions in a case study in the Alto Adige (Sarentino valley). Stakeholders’ opinions concerning the analysis of SWOT categories (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) of the bioenergy supply chain were investigated using the SWOT-AHP (Analytical Hierarchy Process) approach. The results show that the local stakeholders emphasize some strengths (e.g., additional income over time for private forest owners) and opportunities (e.g., development of shared forest management strategies among small forest owners) of forest-wood-energy chain, and consider less relevant the weaknesses and threats. The results concerning one of most important potential threats - impacts on environment - show that all groups of stakeholders (public administrations, associations and NGO, research bodies and universities, and actors of rural sector) consider positive the impacts of increased forest biomass extraction on recreational activities and negative on other three ecosystem services (carbon sequestration, hydrogeological protection, and biodiversity).</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Forest-wood-energy Chain, Forest Biomass, Stakeholders, SWOT Analysis, AHP (Analytical Hierarchy Process), Val Sarentino (Alto Adige</p><p><i>Forest@ 12 (1): 1-15 (2015)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor1536-012<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1536-012" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1536-012</a></p><hr size="1"/> Nikodinoska N, Mattivi M, Notaro S, Paletto A, Sparapani G Articoli Scientifici 2015-06-20 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1536-012 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Articoli Scientifici: Analisi dell’infestazione di Ips typographus nella foresta dell’Alta Val Parma e strategie per la ricomposizione del bosco http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1539-012 <p><b>Vignali G, Barbarotti S, Piovani P, Maresi G, Salvadori C</b></p><p><b>ANALISI DELL’INFESTAZIONE DI IPS TYPOGRAPHUS NELLA FORESTA DELL’ALTA VAL PARMA E STRATEGIE PER LA RICOMPOSIZIONE DEL BOSCO</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: Analysis of the bark beetle outbreak in the forest “Alta Val Parma” (Corniglio, Parma, Italy) and strategies for its regeneration. Norway spruce plantations located in the Foresta Demaniale Alta Val Parma (Corniglio, province of Parma - Italy) experienced since 2004 a massive outbreak of Norway spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus). This outbreak has been triggered by the exceptionally warm and dry summer of 2003. In the following years bark beetle attacks repeated and spread, raising concern about the future of this kind of stands. A survey program has been carried out to help local administration to chose the correct managements strategies. Monitoring of Ips typographus population, carried out between 2007 and 2013, confirmed the presence of two generations per year, with values above the risk threshold in 2007 and just below though very high in 2011. In the affected area, six survey plots have been realized to test different management options with the aim of favoring a fast regeneration of the forest cover. The tested options showed the great difficulty in the establishment of natural generation either for the lack of mother plants in such pure stands or for competition with tall grasses. Sowing brought no significative results, while direct plantation of indigenous broadleaves was more effective, with almost half of the individuals still alive after three years. Our results confirm the great difficulty to rebuild the forest cover after strong ecological disturbances in these artificial forests. Hybrid management strategies and ad hoc silvicultural choices seem to be the only way to manage such kind of situations in a National park, where the priority is biodiversity conservation.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Bark Beetle, Norway Spruce, Disturbance, Natural Regeneration, Management Choices</p><p><i>Forest@ 12 (1): 16-24 (2015)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor1539-012<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1539-012" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1539-012</a></p><hr size="1"/> Vignali G, Barbarotti S, Piovani P, Maresi G, Salvadori C Articoli Scientifici 2015-06-20 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1539-012 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Articoli Scientifici: Necrosi corticali da Brenneria nigrifluens e altri batteri su noce in impianti piemontesi: studio dell’evoluzione della malattia in campo e caratterizzazione di isolati con rep-PCR http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1335-011 <p><b>Giorcelli A, Gennaro M</b></p><p><b>NECROSI CORTICALI DA BRENNERIA NIGRIFLUENS E ALTRI BATTERI SU NOCE IN IMPIANTI PIEMONTESI: STUDIO DELL’EVOLUZIONE DELLA MALATTIA IN CAMPO E CARATTERIZZAZIONE DI ISOLATI CON REP-PCR</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: Owing to its increasing incidence, a study was performed on walnut bacterial bark canker by Brenneria nigrifluens, a disease native to California but spreading over Europe since about twenty years. B. nigrifluens may compromise wood quality and, in some cases, impair plant survival due to extensive cankers and bark necroses. Bacterial isolates obtained from bark tissue fragments, typed by rep-PCR analysis after multiplication on proper selective growing media, confirmed the diagnosis of the causal agent, despite the presence of other bacterial species. B. nigrifluens was detected in 28% of common walnut arboricultural stands located in Piedmont plains and hills, especially those located in the Vercelli province and in some areas of the Alessandria province. Based on the results of the cluster analysis carried out on PCR amplicons, none of the other bacterial isolates showed any genotypic similarity with the related B. rubrifaciens, the agent of the deep bark canker of walnut, which has not been detected in Europe yet. The application of the three rep-PCR variants, including BOX-PCR applied for the first time to B. nigrifluens, gave similar results, but with different cluster structures. In two pilot plantations, trees already presenting necroses did not necessarily develop new necroses or enlarge the pre-existing cankers in the following years. The disease apparently does not spread according to a climate factor, whereas it may be affected by plant genotype that possibly promotes the transition of B. nigrifluens, probably already present in tissues in an asymptomatic endophytic phase, to the pathogenic phase.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: English Walnut, Brenneria nigrifluens, Shallow Bark Canker, Rep-PCR, Wood Arboriculture</p><p><i>Forest@ 11 (4): 180-188 (2014)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor1335-011<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1335-011" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1335-011</a></p><hr size="1"/> Giorcelli A, Gennaro M Articoli Scientifici 2014-11-20 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1335-011 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Articoli Scientifici: Germinazione dei semi e sopravvivenza dei semenzali di leccio (Quercus ilex L.) in interventi finalizzati alla rinaturalizzazione delle pinete di pino d’Aleppo (Pinus halepensis Mill.) dell’isola di Pianosa (Arcipelago Toscano, LI): risultati preliminari http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1053-011 <p><b>Giunti M, Foggi B</b></p><p><b>GERMINAZIONE DEI SEMI E SOPRAVVIVENZA DEI SEMENZALI DI LECCIO (QUERCUS ILEX L.) IN INTERVENTI FINALIZZATI ALLA RINATURALIZZAZIONE DELLE PINETE DI PINO D’ALEPPO (PINUS HALEPENSIS MILL.) DELL’ISOLA DI PIANOSA (ARCIPELAGO TOSCANO, LI): RISULTATI PRELIMINARI</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: Interventions aimed at promoting Quercus ilex spread in the Island of Pianosa (Tuscan Archipelago National Park) have been carried out within LIFE Nature Project “Tuscan Islands: new actions for sea birds and habitats”. In Pinus halepensis stands from afforestation, 810 acorns have been sown in 9 areas under the pine canopy with different presence of Mediterranean scrub. Germination and seedlings survival, five years after sowing, have been very satisfactory only in areas with a dense shrub layer.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Quercus ilex, Pinus halepensis, Renaturalization, Germination, Tuscan Archipelago</p><p><i>Forest@ 11 (4): 168-179 (2014)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor1053-011<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1053-011" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1053-011</a></p><hr size="1"/> Giunti M, Foggi B Articoli Scientifici 2014-09-16 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1053-011 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Editoriali: Un ricordo del Professor Antonio Moroni http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0090-011 <p><b>Menozzi P</b></p><p><b>UN RICORDO DEL PROFESSOR ANTONIO MORONI</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: Antonio Moroni, 89, Emeritus Professor in the University of Parma, died on August 18th. He had a major role in shaping the last 60 years of Italian research in Environmental Science and was very active in establishing the conceptual basis for Environmental Management in Italy. A Catholic priest, he had a natural gift for communicating a positive approach to life.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Obituary</p><p><i>Forest@ 11 (4): 189-190 (2014)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor0090-011<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0090-011" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0090-011</a></p><hr size="1"/> Menozzi P Editoriali 2014-09-11 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0090-011 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Recensioni: Un libro “dalla parte del fuoco” http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0091-011 <p><b>Lovreglio R</b></p><p><b>UN LIBRO “DALLA PARTE DEL FUOCO”</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: Le Edizioni Il Maestrale ha pubblicato il libro di Giuseppe Delogu “Dalla parte del fuoco. Ovvero il paradosso di Bambi” che tratta di diversi aspetti del problema partendo dall’ancora e attuale equivoco della differenza tra fuoco e incendio.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Forest Fire, Piroclimax, Fireprone</p><p><i>Forest@ 11 (4): 191-192 (2014)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor0091-011<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0091-011" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0091-011</a></p><hr size="1"/> Lovreglio R Recensioni 2014-08-31 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor0091-011 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved Articoli Scientifici: Mitigazione del pericolo incendi nelle aree di interfaccia urbano/foresta: un esempio di selvicoltura preventiva in Sardegna http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1187-011 <p><b>Lovreglio R, Danna E, Mou G</b></p><p><b>MITIGAZIONE DEL PERICOLO INCENDI NELLE AREE DI INTERFACCIA URBANO/FORESTA: UN ESEMPIO DI SELVICOLTURA PREVENTIVA IN SARDEGNA</b></p><p><b>Abstract</b>: Wildfires at the wildland/urban interface (WUI) areas have recently taken on alarming dimensions, and most of the catastrophic wildfires in recent years are of this type (Greece 2003 and 2007, Italy, 2007; Australia, 2009; Spain 2003, 2007, 2012). Contrastingly to forest stands, where fuel has to be managed also taking into consideration stand conservation and improvement purposes, in WUI fuel management has the imperative goal of the protection of property and people. The present paper deals with the implementation of a methodology for assessing fire hazard in a WUI area in Sardinia, and assess the most appropriate prevention silvicultural practices to be applied to mitigate the hazard (i.e., the probability of fire occurrence and the difficulty to extinguish it, based on the current vegetation characteristics). We applied a method aimed at defining a “danger value” for each fuel model found in the study area, and derived the silvicultural practices to be applied for the reduction of fuel and the associated risk. The effects of silvicultural prevention were assessed for each fuel model in the study area in terms of flame length and fire intensity for the pre-, during and post phases.</p><p><b>Keywords</b>: Preventive Sylviculture, Conversion, Hazard, Intensity, Flame Length</p><p><i>Forest@ 11 (4): 156-167 (2014)</i> - doi: 10.3832/efor1187-011<br/><a href="http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1187-011" target="_blank">http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1187-011</a></p><hr size="1"/> Lovreglio R, Danna E, Mou G Articoli Scientifici 2014-07-10 http://www.sisef.it/forest@/contents/?id=efor1187-011 Copyright (c) 2017, Italian Society of Silviculture an Forest Ecology. All rights reserved