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Assessing spatial structure in the beech and silver fir forest stands

David Hladnik (2004) Assessing spatial structure in the beech and silver fir forest stands. Zbornik gozdarstva in lesarstva (74). pp. 165-186. ISSN 0351-3114

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    Stand structures and spatial patterns were studied in three plots in the beechand silver fir forest on the Karst Plateau in Slovenia. We mapped all stems >10 cm in diameter at breast height (dbh) on 2 ha plots. The structure of the forest stands on three research plots varied in stand density and in the spatial distribution of stems, analysed using different methods for the characterisation of spatial distribution of trees. The mean relative differences for measuring tree density were substantially greater for trees <50 cm or <30 cm than those for large-diameter trees. Relative difference declined after a plot size of about 6 a, where mean relative differences for the >50 cm dbh class were less than 30 %. Based on theoretical models of spatial distribution, a tendency of clustering or clumping of trees was evident in the stand dominated by silver fir. In two beech and silver fir stands, stems were aggregated in large patches of up to 0.5 ha in size. The spatial distribution of silver fir, spruce and beech varied significantly (P<0,01) from a random distribution. Stems of these species aggregated in small and medium patches up to 0.25 ha. Dominant trees were regularly and randomly distributed in the three stands, indicating that after the period of silver fir decline the structure of stands did not deteriorate.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: stand density, spatial distribution, beech and silver fir stands
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=SEARCH&base=COBIB&select=ID= 1325990
    Divisions: Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Forestry > Group for Landscape forestry and spatial informatics
    Item ID: 273
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2014 11:41
    Last Modified: 27 Feb 2014 11:41
    URI: http://eprints.gozdis.si/id/eprint/273

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