Annals of Forest Science

, Volume 66, Issue 8, pp 809–809 | Cite as

Comparing floristic composition in treefall gaps of certified, conventionally managed and natural forests of northern Honduras

  • Mari KukkonenEmail author
  • Stefan Hohnwald
Original Article


  • • Forest certification sets requirements for minimizing the impacts of logging on the natural structure and floristic composition of forests.

  • • We assessed the impact of certification by comparing the floristic composition of 52 taxa of trees and shrubs in the treefall gaps of certified, conventionally managed and protected forests in northern Honduras.

  • • The highest abundance of light-benefiting taxa was found in certified forests, whereas conventionally managed forests were floristically more similar to natural forests. The environmental conditions measured in certified gaps were not favourable for a natural forest floristic composition.

  • • Past logging may have altered the species composition in certified forests relatively more than in conventionally managed forests. This implies that the need for restoration operations should be considered in certification requirements, along with landscape-level planning to enhance post-logging recovery.


floristic composition forest certification logging gap Honduras reducedimpact logging 



Forest Stewardship Council


Certified forest


Conventionally managed forest


Natural (protected) forest


Reduced-impact logging





Comparaison de la composition floristique dans les trouées d’abattage d’arbres dans les forêts certifiées, conventionnellement gérées et naturelles du Nord du Honduras


  • • La certification forestière définit des exigences pour minimiser les impacts de l’exploitation forestière sur la structure naturelle et la composition floristique des forêts.

  • • Nous avons évalué l’impact de la certification, en comparant la composition floristique de 52 taxons d’arbres et d’arbustes dans les trouées d’abattage d’arbres de forêts certifiées, conventionnellement gérées et protégées du Nord du Honduras.

  • • La plus grande abondance des taxons profitant de la lumière a été trouvée dans les forêts certifiées, alors que les forêts gérées de façon conventionnelle ont été floristiquement plus proches des forêts naturelles. Les conditions environnementales mesurées dans les trouées certifiées n’étaient pas favorables à une composition floristique de forêt naturelle.

  • • L’exploitation forestière passée, peut avoir modifié la composition des espèces dans les forêts certifiées relativement plus que dans les forêts gérées. Cela implique que le besoin d’opérations de restauration doit être pris en compte dans les exigences de certification.


composition floristique certification forestière trouée d’exploitation forestière Honduras exploitation forestière à impact réduit 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biological and Environmental SciencesUniversity of HelsinkiFinland

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