Non-IUFRO Publications

Non-IUFRO Publications


Call for Submissions: Long-Term Productivity and Landscape Processes of Mixed Conifer Forests

Submissions are invited for a Special Issue of Forests.

Mixed conifer forests are found throughout the temperate zones on a variety of landscapes in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Like most mixed species forests, mixed conifer forests exist because different species coexist in a temporal or spatial pattern. Particularly in mountainous regions, mixed conifer forests are highly heterogeneous and can vary over a short distance. Mixed species assemblages can be either seral or stable, developing under patterns of one or more disturbances or developing under a fairly specific edaphic and climatic regime. Depending on the severity of expected anthropogenic climate change effects, these assemblages may face novel conditions that upset the competitive balances that historically existed. This Special Issue will present research and operational monitoring results at scales ranging from the level of individual tree group or stand up to landscape processes. We welcome studies on (1) basic physiology and stand dynamics and (2) operational treatments and impacts that provide evidence of influences on forest resiliency and productivity.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 19 December 2021
Guest editors: Warren Keith Moser,  Rocky Mountain Research Station, US Forest Service


Call for Submissions: Effects of Environmental Factors and Silvicultural Treatment on Forest Stand Dynamics

Submissions are invited for a Special Issue of Forests.

In a time of climate uncertainty, patterns and processes in the world's forests are undergoing rapid change, some of which we understand and some of which we can only surmise. Managers must make decisions on the fly using the best available science at the time. This Special Issue will present research from alpine, boreal (taiga), sub-boreal, temperate, subtropical, and tropical regions that explores the interaction between environmental influences, including the climate and forest stand dynamics. Research results from long-term studies and shorter experiments are welcome. The main focus of each article should be the interaction between forests and the surrounding environment.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 12 December 2021
Guest editors: Warren Keith Moser,  Rocky Mountain Research Station, US Forest Service


Chronic water stress reduces recovery of oaks after extreme drought events

Droughts threaten forest ecosystems globally, even in regions that are normally not considered water limited. Such 'wet’ forests are the groundwater-fed or former floodplain oak forests along the Upper Rhine Valley. These forests once dominated the riverine landscapes and some plains of Central Europe but are now rare because of expansion of settlements and conversion of land for agriculture. River regulation and groundwater appropriation impact on their hydrology and put these remnant forests at further risk, especially during droughts.

To investigate the influence of groundwater removal on pedunculate oak forests and to determine whether access to groundwater might help trees to withstand and recover from extreme drought, researchers from the University of Freiburg examined the performance of oak trees growing at sites with contrasting groundwater availability including sites where groundwater extraction for industry, irrigation or domestic use has led to reduced water availability for trees over several decades.

By examining annually resolved series of tree ring width and wood anatomical features, the team around Dr. Georgios Skiadaresis in the working group of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Bauhus was able to reconstruct the performance of oaks during droughts and in periods with favourable growing conditions. The type of wood cells as well as their characteristics (such as their number, arrangement and size) depended strongly on the climatic conditions at the time of wood formation. At the same time the characteristics of xylem vessels, the water transporting elements in broadleaf trees, reflected the level of plant performance under varying climatic conditions.

Original publication:
Skiadaresis, G., Schwarz, J., Stahl, K., Bauhus, J. (2021): Groundwater extraction reduces tree vitality, growth and xylem hydraulic capacity in Quercus robur during and after drought events. In: Scientific Reports 11, 5149.

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The Legacy of Pre–Columbian Fire on the Pine–Oak Forests of Upland Guatemala

Mountain tropical forests of the Southern Maya Area (Pacific Chiapas and Guatemala, El Salvador, and Northern Honduras) predominantly comprise pine and oak formations, which form intricate mosaics and complex successional interactions following large–scale fire. These forests have been transformed by the peoples of the Maya civilization through practices of horticulture, agriculture, and architectural developments over thousands of years. Anthropogenic impacts and the extent of early human interaction with these upland forests is currently poorly understood. In this study we identify: (i) the natural baseline vegetation of the region; (ii) when human impact and agrarian practices began in the Maya uplands; and (iii) what impacts the Maya had on forest structure, composition, and successional regeneration. Past vegetation, anthropogenic use of fire, and faunal abundance were reconstructed using proxy analysis of fossil pollen, macroscopic charcoal, microscopic charcoal, and dung fungal spores (Sporormiella). Three phases of forest succession were identified from 4000B.C.E. to 1522CE that broadly overlap with the well–defined archaeological periods of (i) the Archaic (10,000–2000B.C.E.); (ii) Pre–Classic (2000B.C.E.−100C.E.); (iii) Terminal Pre–Classic (100–250C.E.); (iv) Classic (250–950C.E.); and (v) Post–Classic (950–1522C.E.). These results also include the earliest evidence for agriculture within the Southern Maya Area through presence of peppers (Capsicum) from 3850B.C.E. and the rise of maize cultivation (Zea mays) from 970B.C.E. Persistent high intensity burning driven by agricultural practices and lime production during the Late–Pre-Classic (400–100B.C.E.) to Classic Period resulted in a compositional change of forest structure c.150B.C.E. from oak (Quercus) dominated forests to pine (Pinus) dominated forests. The legacy of Pre–Columbian anthropogenically driven fire in these mountain tropical forests demonstrates the resilience and thresholds for fire driven succession. These findings are particularly relevant for addressing current land use and management strategies involving agriculture, fire, and forest management in the mountain tropical forests of the Southern Maya Area.


Call for submissions: Spatial Decision Support for Forest Management and Policy Formulation

Submissions are invited for a Special issue of 'Forests'.

Decision support systems for forest management have been steadily evolving since about 1980 in response to growing demand from forest managers for sophisticated analytical systems that can address the complexities of contemporary forest management issues such as adaptive management in the context of concerns for managing for forest ecosystem sustainability, integrity, and resilience while ensuring the provision of ecosystem services. In this same time frame, there has also been a steady shift in emphasis from stand-level to landscape-level decision support systems, in part driven by improved ecological understanding of, and appreciation for, the need to account for patterns and processes in forest management and planning.

Accordingly, the Editors of Forests have commissioned a 2021 Special Issue on spatial decision support systems and their application to state-of-the-art landscape solutions for forest management and policy formulation. Spatial decision support technologies have evolved on numerous pathways, including knowledge-based, probabilistic, and linear programming systems, as well as combinations of these and other technologies, so articles addressing any of these areas are welcome.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 19 September 2021
Guest editors: Keith M. Reynolds, Jose G. Borges, Harald Vacik and Paul F. Hessburg


Call for Contributions: Special Journal Issue on Smart Urban Forestry

Contributions are invited for a special issue of the journal Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, on the topic of "Smart Urban Forestry—Digital technologies and data for planning, design, and management". Cities are increasingly data-driven, and there is a growing interest in understanding how citizen engagement, connected technology, and data analytics can support sustainable development. Evidence has also repeatedly shown that green infrastructure such as urban forests address diverse urban challenges and are critical components of urban sustainability and resilience. It is thus timely to assess the role of urban forests and other green spaces in smart city planning. As technology becomes more ubiquitous in urban environments, and as pressure to maximize green benefits for all city dwellers rises, it is worthwhile for researchers and practitioners to consider associated challenges, opportunities, and implications for tree care and urban forest management. This special issue of AUF addresses current knowledge gaps by exploring how the planning, design, management, and use of urban trees, urban forests, and green infrastructure can be integrated into smart city planning. It will look at how digital technologies can be jointly used as tools to improve the delivery of forest benefits and enable stakeholder participation and engagement, for example, through citizen science.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: Abstracts are due April 15th and full papers June 1st
Special issue editors:  Sophie Nitoslawski, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia; Cecil Konijnendijk, Nature Based Solutions Institute


IPBES Workshop Report on Biodiversity and Pandemics

Considering the extraordinary situation caused by the novel Coronavirus and given the role that IPBES can play in strengthening the knowledge base on biodiversity links of current and future pandemics such as COVID-19, IPBES had organized a virtual Platform workshop on the link between biodiversity and pandemics, from 27-31 July 2020. The full workshop report is composed of an executive summary, five sections, references and annexes.

The full workshop report is now available in a laid-out format:

Click here to read the #PandemicsReport media release in English, Spanish and here for French.  
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FORESTIST - Journal of İstanbul University - Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Forestry

Forestist is an international, scientific, open access periodical published in accordance with independent, unbiased, and double-blinded peer-review principles. The journal is the official publication of İstanbul University - Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Forestry and has been published since 1951. Forestist is published tri-annually in January, May and September and the publication language of the journal is English.

Forestist aims to contribute to the literature by publishing manuscripts at the highest scientific level on all fields of forestry. The journal publishes original articles, reviews, and brief notes that are prepared in accordance with the ethical guidelines.

The scope of the journal includes but is not limited to: forest, forestry, forestry based industries, landscape and environment. The target audience of the journal includes specialists and professionals working and interested in all disciplines of forestry.

Forestist is currently indexed in Web of Science-Emerging Sources Citation Index, DOAJ, TUBITAK ULAKBIM TR Index, Gale, EBSCO Abstracts, CAB Direct, CABI Forestry Abstracts and a number of other CABI products.

Processing and publication are free of charge with the journal. No fees are requested from the authors at any point throughout the evaluation and publication process.

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Call for Submissions: Genetic Control of Forest Tree Traits and Their Interaction with Environment

Submissions are invited for a Special issue of 'Forests'.

Sustainable forestry is a cornerstone in the transition to the post-carbon economy, where forests play a key role as a source of sustainable biomass. The growing demand for biomass is being challenges by the negative impact of climate change on forest productivity caused by multiple biotic and abiotic stress. This urges a better understanding of the genetic control of forest tree traits associated to production, and to develop models for accelerated assisted adaptation of our forests to guarantee a healthy and productive feedstock. Interested authors should submit research works in the field of forest genetics that advance our understanding on the genetic control of forest tree traits of economic and ecological value, and their interaction with a changing environment. Research works are encouraged that provide novel models for the implementation of genomics and remote sensing tools to accelerate and assist forest genetic adaptation to secure production and biodiversity.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 August 2021
Contact: Dr. Rosario Garcia Gil (M.Rosario.Garcia(at)


Call for Submissions: Forest Policy and Management Practices for the 21st Century

Submissions are invited for a Special issue of 'Sustainability'.

Forests in the 21st century are facing new challenges, but also new opportunities, with growing global demand for wood products and recognition of the role of forests in addressing climate change. Society benefits from forest welfare effects and makes corresponding demands on the conservation and management of the forests. The forest product sector also generates considerable benefits in terms of income and job creation. With the change of people’s lifestyle, urban forests are gaining more importance as a means for supporting human wellbeing. Since the beginning of the 21st century, forest policy and governance has been trying to cope with the emerging challenges for forestry in numerous activities on a national and international level. Important forestry issues are still handled by the state in a policy process, formulating binding programs and implementing them by partly binding means, but at the same time, an increasing number of forest policy instruments no longer fit into this concept, because they go beyond the domain of a single state authority.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021
Special issue editors:  Dr. Zuzana Dobsinska, Department of Forest Economics and Management, Forestry Faculty, Technical University in Zvolen; and Ms. Ivana Zivojinovic, Institute of Forest, Environmental and Natural Resource Policy, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)


Achieving sustainable management of tropical forests

Although global rates of deforestation have started to decrease, they remain alarmingly high in many tropical countries. In light of this challenge, the growing importance of sustainable forest management (SFM) has been highlighted as a means for improving sustainability across the sector. Achieving sustainable management of tropical forests summarises and reviews the rich body of research on tropical forests and how this research can be utilised to make sustainable management of tropical forests a standard implementable strategy for the future. The book features expert discussions on the economic, political and environmental contexts needed for SFM to operate successfully, including coverage of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

With its distinguished editors and international array of expert authors, many of which have worked with IUFRO on a number of projects, Achieving sustainable management of tropical forests will be a standard reference for researchers in tropical forest science, international and national organisations responsible for protection and responsible stewardship of tropical forests, as well as the commercial sector harvesting and using tropical forest products.

Edited by Professor Jürgen Blaser, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland, and Mr Patrick D. Hardcastle, Forestry Development Specialist, UK.

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