In this project we will identify ways to reduce the costs and increase the benefits to forest biodiversity from the use of short-rotation broadleaves. Our primary research questions will focus on identifying the biodiversity contribution of short-rotation broadleaves stands relative to protected forest areas/land uses and tree species replaced, as well as identifying management alternatives that may enhance the contribution of short-rotation broadleaves to Sweden’s forest biodiversity.
We will tackle these issues via a four year PhD programme that will
- identify key knowledge gaps by synthesizing the available literature on short-rotation broadleaves and biodiversity; and
- enlist experimental and production stands to conduct biodiversity surveys within, for contrasting with control sites (e.g. protected areas, replacement land management categories, short-rotation broadleaves management alternatives); to
- identify combinations of fast-growing broadleaf options that may best achieve biodiversity goals for production forest lands, and potential short-rotation broadleaves alternative management approaches that will increase habitat availability in these stands.
Knowledge regarding the biodiversity implications of the short-rotation broadleaves will enable forest owners and society to make more informed decisions regarding the biodiversity implications of short-rotation broadleaves production forestry alternatives.
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