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Regional-scale stand density management diagrams for Pyrenean oak (Quercus pyrenaica Willd.) stands in north-west Spain

J Castaño-Santamaría (1-2)   , M Barrio-Anta (1), P Álvarez-Álvarez (1)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 6, Issue 3, Pages 113-122 (2013)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0880-006
Published: Mar 05, 2013 - Copyright © 2013 SISEF

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Stand Density Management Diagrams are useful tools for designing and evaluating alternative density management regimes without the need of implementing any silvicultural action, and allowing the future stand conditions to be predicted prior to implementing management schedules. In this study, stand density management diagrams were developed for Pyrenean oak (Quercus pyrenaica Willd.) stands in north-west Spain by including data on stand volume, stand aboveground biomass, stand stem biomass and carbon pools. Data were obtained from Third National Forest Inventory plots (n=1860). The large geographical area analyzed in this study was classified by provenance regions, which were compared in terms of biomass production in order to define areas with similar characteristics for use as management units. The comparisons identified 6 independent groups. Different stand-level models and the associated diagrams for the aforementioned stand variables were therefore developed for each group.


SDMDs, Pyrenean Oak, Rebollo Oak, Biomass, Forest Management

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J Castaño-Santamaría
M Barrio-Anta
P Álvarez-Álvarez
Grupo de Investigación en Sistemas Forestales Atlánticos (GIS-Forest), Departamento de Biología de Organismos y Sistemas, Escuela Politécnica de Mieres, Universidad de Oviedo, c/Gonzalo Gutiérrez Quirós S/N, 33600 Mieres, Asturias (Spain)
J Castaño-Santamaría
Unidad Mixta de Investigación en Biodiversidad, Universidad de Oviedo-CSIC-Principado de Asturias, c/Gonzalo Gutiérrez Quirós S/N, 33600 Mieres, Asturias (Spain)

Corresponding author

J Castaño-Santamaría


Castaño-Santamaría J, Barrio-Anta M, Álvarez-Álvarez P (2013). Regional-scale stand density management diagrams for Pyrenean oak (Quercus pyrenaica Willd.) stands in north-west Spain. iForest 6: 113-122. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0880-006

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Raffaele Lafortezza

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Received: Nov 12, 2012
Accepted: Jan 30, 2013

First online: Mar 05, 2013
Publication Date: Jun 01, 2013
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