Description of project
The aim of the project is to define and analyse the methods of close to nature silviculture in pine dominated stands including calculation of economic effectiveness and the impact on wood quality and doing so to evaluate the relevance of this alternative pine management. Specific objectives of this research project are: to evaluate the possibilities of permanent forest structure differentiation and to evaluate the possibilities of natural regeneration of Scotch pine under the shelter on given forest site types as principal components of close to nature silviculture. Further we aim to investigate differences in wood quality (physical and mechanical characteristics and selected qualitative parameters) as result of distinct silvicultural practise. With regard to the complexity of this issue, we will evaluate harvest technology best suited for proposed silvicultural practice with emphasis on low damage harvest with reduced impact on the remaining stand and soils. Finally evaluation of economic effectiveness of alternative pine silviculture will be integral part of the research project.