Scientific Summaries


Scientific Summary No. 80, 2011

The first international symposium on the Dynamics and Ecological Services of Deadwood in Forest Ecosystems in Rouyn-Noranda, Canada, 15-19 May 2011, discussed the relationship of deadwood and forest management.

Global volumes of deadwood are declining. Forest management tends to promote shorter (and even aged) rotations that reduce the production of deadwood as trees are generally cut before they become old, die, and fall to the forest floor as deadwood. The demands on deadwood resources are increasing, new uses for wood, such as wood residue recovery for bioenergy, are placing additional pressure on deadwood. The reduced volume of deadwood in managed forests negatively impacts the population dynamics of species dependent on this resource. Many species, particularly those in fragmented forest landscapes, are now regionally or globally threatened.


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Deadwood and Dying Trees: A Matter of Life and Diversity

By Stephen Pawson, Scion, Christchurch, New Zealand, Coordinator of IUFRO 8.02.02

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