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Quality and Assortment Structure of Beech High Forests in Serbia

Author(s): KOPRIVICA, Miloš | MATOVIĆ, Bratislav | ČOKEŠA, Vlado | STAJIĆ, Snežana

Journal: Acta Silvatica & Lignaria Hungarica
ISSN 1786-691X

Volume: 6;
Start page: 183;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: European beech | stand volume | stand structure | wood quality | assortments

The paper presents research results on quality and assortment structure of uneven-agedbeech high forests in Central Serbia. Eleven representative stands of submontane beech forest(Fagenion moesiacae submontanum B. Jov. 1976 ) and montane beech forest (Fagenion moesiacaemontanum B. Jov. 1976) were selected. Their altitude ranges from 450 m to 1350 m. Site class rangesfrom I/II to III/IV, canopy closure from 0.7 to 0.9 and volume from 290 m3/ha to 522 m3/ha. Total areaof the stands is 241.9 ha. Sample plots of 500 m2 were established in a systematic grid of 100 x 100 m.From silvicultural aspect, 16% of the standing volume (384 m3/ha) is class one, 39% is class two and45% is class three. From the aspect of forest utilization 37% of the volume is class one, 34% is classtwo, 19% is class three, and 10% is class four. In the assortment structure of the average stand volume,industrial wood accounts for 42%, cordwood 48% and waste 10%. It has been concluded that beechhigh forests in Serbia have unfavourable quality and assortment structure. This situation should beimproved in future by taking adequate management measures.
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