Name of project:Applying Douglas fir in forest management of the Czech Republic
Year:2015 - 2018
Coordinator: Ing. Jiří Novák, Ph.D.
Researcher: Ing. Jiří Novák, Ph.D., Ing. David Dušek, Ph.D., Ing. Dušan Kacálek, Ph.D., doc. RNDr. Marian Slodičák, CSc., Ing. František Beran, Ing. Lena Bezděčková, Ing. Pavel Kotrla, Ph.D., Ing. Jan Leugner, Ph.D., Ing. Bc. Jan Lubojacký, Ph.D., doc. Ing. Vít Šrámek, Ph.D., Ing. Monika Vejpustková, Ph.D., Prof. Ing. Vilém Podrázský, CSc., Ing. Libor Provazník, Ing. Ladislav Šimerda, Ph.D.
Co-researcher foreign:Česká zemědělská univerzita v Praze, Lesy České republiky, s.p., Kristina Colloredo-Mansfeldová

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.