Significance of Dead Wood for Biodiversity Conservation and Close to Nature Forestry Peter Zach, Ján Kulfan Institute of Forest Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Zvolen. This presenration is to show how fascinating the world around dead wood is and what we can learn from it.
Significance of Dead Wood for Biodiversity Conservation and Close to Nature ForestryPeter Zach, Ján KulfanInstitute of Forest Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Zvolen
an American expression which refers to dead wood with diameter of more than
In a forest ecosystem:
of organic material and mineral elements
Concentrations of main mineral elements (μg.cm-3) in oak branches during the decomposition and mineralization process (Swift, 1977 in Dajoz, 2000)
- number of dead trees of large diameter
- presence of all stages of decay
A commercial spruce forest, Polana,
Badin nature reserve,
Obligate saproxylic Coleoptera in a natural and extensively managed fir-beech forest (Badin, 1996-1997)based on catches in flight-interception traps
Central Slovakia managed fir-beech forest
Upupa epops, Polana, W. Carpathians.
Large forest areas have been lost in Slovakia in the past but, compared to Western Europe, this is not excessive.
Still some 2,000000 ha remaining...
Large-diameter logs in Konigsforst, Cologne, Germany.
A wider discussion and closer co-operation is needed to approach or reach a consensus on dead wood matters between the forestry practices and nature conservation and the public