, Volume 130, Issue 1, pp 1-5,
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Date: 20 Nov 2010

Forest vegetation management under debate: an introduction

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The management of vegetation competition in forests

Forest vegetation management (FVM) is here defined according to Wagner et al. (2006) as follows: treatments directed at reducing competition for site resources (light, nutrients, water) between desired trees and associated plants or the cultivation of non-crop species to suppress unwanted species.

is an integral part of silvicultural practices in many parts of the world (Wagner et al. 2006; Richardson et al. 2006; Newton 2006). However, there are substantial differences between the continents with regard to the preferred methods. The implementation of tending measures to control woody competitors is common in European even-aged stands as in other parts of the world. In contrast, the use of herbicides for weed control is much less common in Europe than for example in North America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand where chemical vegetation control, in particular, is used and promoted strongly in plantation forestry (Newton 2006).

This article originates from the final conference of the Cost action E47 “European Network for Forest Vegetation Management: Towards Environmental Sustainability” in Vejle, Denmark, 4–7 May 2009.