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Influence of salvage logging on forest recovery following intermediate severity canopy disturbances in mixed beech dominated forests of Slovenia

Gal Fidej (1)   , Andrej Rozman (1), Thomas A Nagel (1), Igor Dakskobler (2), Jurij Diaci (1)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 9, Issue 3, Pages 430-436 (2016)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor1616-008
Published: Jan 07, 2016 - Copyright © 2016 SISEF

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The practice of salvage logging dead and damaged timber following large high severity disturbances has raised much controversy, partly because of the negative ecological effects that such practices have on forest ecosystems. Many of the studies on salvage logging effects, however, have been done on sites damaged by large, severe disturbances. Less is known about the ecological consequences of salvage logging following intermediate severity disturbances that cause partial canopy damage at smaller scales. We examined the response of the herbaceous layer and tree regeneration to salvaged and non-salvaged treatments following small-scale intermediate severity disturbances in eight mixed beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) dominated forest stands in Slovenia. The cover and diversity of herbaceous vegetation, as well as the density and diversity of tree regeneration were similar between treatments across the study sites. The only notable differences between the treatments were that salvaged sites had a larger proportion of shade intolerant tree species in the regeneration layer, while non-salvaged sites tended to have a more well-developed regeneration layer in taller height classes. The results suggest that salvage logging following small-scale intermediate severity disturbances may not hinder forest recovery in mixed beech dominated forests.


Fagus sylvatica, Forest Management, Intermediate Severity, Natural Disturbance, Regeneration, Salvage Logging

Authors’ address

Gal Fidej
Andrej Rozman
Thomas A Nagel
Jurij Diaci
Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Igor Dakskobler
Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts, Jovan Hadži Institute of Biology, Ljubljana (Slovenia)

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Fidej G, Rozman A, Nagel TA, Dakskobler I, Diaci J (2016). Influence of salvage logging on forest recovery following intermediate severity canopy disturbances in mixed beech dominated forests of Slovenia. iForest 9: 430-436. - doi: 10.3832/ifor1616-008

Academic Editor

Emanuele Lingua

Paper history

Received: Feb 24, 2015
Accepted: Aug 27, 2015

First online: Jan 07, 2016
Publication Date: Jun 01, 2016
Publication Time: 4.43 months

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