New Forests

, Volume 43, Issue 5–6, pp 535–541 | Cite as

Restoring forests: advances in techniques and theory

  • Juan A. Oliet
  • Douglass F. JacobsEmail author


Much of the past science of forest regeneration emphasized reforestation following timber harvest for industrial purposes. These research initiatives fostered groundbreaking advances in our field. The establishment of a target seedling concept was developed in North America during the 1980’s and 1990’s (Rose et al. 1990; Colombo and Noland 1997). Genetic improvements in wood quality and productivity of plantations have led to substantial gains in profitability (Ahtikoski et al. 2012). A vast amount of literature has shown the complex interactions between forest vegetation management and seedling responses, underlining the need to untangle the multiple factors involved (Ammer et al. 2011). Characterization of ecophysiological processes associated with resistance to planting stress and early establishment in temperate and boreal forests (Duryea and McClain 1984; Burdett 1990; Margolis and Brand 1990) has also shed light on the basis to improve reforestation success by...


Forest Restoration Functional Ecology Mechanical Site Preparation Ecophysiological Process Carbon Sequestration Capacity 
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We are very grateful to all authors of this Special Issue. We particularly appreciate the contributions of articles from invited speakers of the Restoring Forests Congress: Lorenzo Ciccarese, Dugald Close, Yousry El-Kassaby, Steven Grossnickle, Magnus Löf, and Ramón Vallejo. We gratefully acknowledge the efforts of the Science Committee of the Restoring Forests Congress (Christian Ammer, Lluis Coll, R. Kasten Dumroese, Steven Grossnickle, Yong Liu, Anders Mattsson, John Stanturf, and Pedro Villar-Salvador) and the team of guest associate editors for this Special Issue (Arnulfo Alderete, Christian Ammer, Dugald Close, Lluis Coll, R. Kasten Dumroese, Steven Grossnickle, Simon Landhäusser, Yong Liu, Magnus Löf, Jeremiah Pinto, Jaime Puértolas, John Stanturf, Ramón Vallejo and Pedro Villar-Salvador).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Silvopascicultura, Escuela de Ingeniería Forestal y del Medio NaturalUniversidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration CenterPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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