Continuous Cover Forestry

Assessment, Analysis, Scenarios

  • Klaus von Gadow
  • Jürgen Nagel
  • Joachim Saborowski

Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Resource Assessment and Monitoring

    1. Front Matter
      Pages N1-N1
    2. Steen Magnussen, Mike Wulder, David Seemann
      Pages 1-12
    3. Tomasz Zawila-Niedzwiecki, Emilia Wisniewska
      Pages 27-34
    4. J. Nieschulze, J. Saborowski
      Pages 53-66
  3. Analysis of Genetic Structure

  4. Analysis of Forest Structure

  5. Scenarios and control

  6. Regional Experiences

About this book


The large-scale application of new silvicultural systems has become a political reality in many parts of the world. This involves a gradual transformation of traditional silvicultural practice towards Continuous Cover Forestry, also known as near-natural forest management, favouring mixed uneven-aged stands, site-adapted tree species and selective harvesting. Selective harvesting systems have a long tradition. Specific CCF-related resource assessment, forecasting and sustainable harvest control techniques have been developed, but details about their use are not widely known. The objective of this volume is to present state-of-the-art research results and techniques relating to CCF management with an emphasis on systems engineering and modelling. Using a very simple classification based on the development of timber volume over age or time we may distinguish two types of sustainable forest management systems. Rotation forest management (RFM) systems, characterized by standard silvicultural treatments and repetitive cycles of clearfelling followed by planting; and continuous cover forestry (CCF) systems which are characterized by selective harvesting and natural regeneration, resulting in uneven-aged structures and frequently also in multi-species forests. The distinction is usually the result of decisions relating to the cost of timber harvesting, simplicity of management, or various intangible benefits. The oldest and most perfect examples of CCF systems are the so­ called plenter selection forests found in France, Switzerland, Slowenia and Germany. Today, CCF systems are encountered in various regions of Europe, North America and in some tropical and sub-tropical forests of South Africa, Asia and South America.


Forestry Tropical forests development forest forest management production

Editors and affiliations

  • Klaus von Gadow
    • 1
  • Jürgen Nagel
    • 1
  • Joachim Saborowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Georg-August-UniversityGöttingenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6035-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9886-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-1319
  • Series Online ISSN 1568-1319
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