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Title: Stand structure attributes in potential Old-Growth Forests in the Apennines, Italy
Authors: Calamini, Gianfranco
Maltoni, Alberto
Travaglini, Davide
Iovino, Francesco
Nicolaci, Antonino
Menguzzato, Giuliano
Corona, Piermaria
Ferrari, Barbara
Di Santo, Daniele
Chirici, Gherardo
Lombardi, Fabio
Keywords: Old-Growth Forests;Unmanaged Mediterranean forests;Structural attributes;Sustainable forest management
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Accademia Italiana di Scienze Forestali
Source: Calamini, G. et al. 2011. Stand structure attributes in potential Old-Growth Forests in the Apennines, Italy. "L’Italia forestale e montana" 66 (5): 365-381.
The aim of this paper is to provide early feedback on stand structure attributes in Italian Apennines
forests that could be considered Old Growth Forests in the Mediterranean Eco-Region. Few data are
nowadays available relating to this Region. 10 forest reserves across the Apennines were selected and a
census of trees and structural parameters was conducted in permanent plots (0.16-1.0 ha), one plot for
each selected forest stand. Dimensional and structural characters indicate a large variability among the
investigated forest stands.
The considered parameters are compared with those reported for other European countries. Old
growth features and characteristics of each indicator should be revised and referred to the particular
climatic and biogeographic context. The chosen forest study sites are to be considered old if related to
common Apennine stands but, in some cases, their development stage is not so close to “truly” Old
Growth Forest. Permanent plots allow future investigations on dynamic processes leading to real Old
Growth Mediterranean Forests in Italian Apennines.
ISSN: 0021-2776
DOI: 10.4129/ifm.2011.5.01
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