Description of project
The objective of the project is to find ways and operation methods for applying the Douglas-fir (DG) as a naturalized woody plant in Czech forestry. Attention is to be paid to suitability of DG provenances for silvicultural using in the Czech Republic; this is to be based on verification of yield characteristics and health (hardiness) in long-term experimental plantations. In addition, risk factors for growing DG such as damage due to meteorological events, sustainability of nutrients’supply, impact on ground vegetation biodiversity and natural regeneration capability are to be investigated. Optimum methods to protect both DG plantations and young DG stands from biotic agents are to be prescribed. Potential of DG planting stock production is to be determined in Czech conditions. Last but not least, project activities based on up-to-date knowledge focus on optimization of silviculture operations in both DG pure and mixed stands and analysis of DG wood properties in the local conditions.