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Title: Empirical modelling of chestnut coppice yield for Cimini and Vicani mountains (Central Italy)
Authors: Angelini, Alice
Mattioli, Walter
Merlini, Paolo
Corona, Piermaria
Portoghesi, Luigi
Keywords: Forest management;Yield table;Thinning;Rotation length
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: CRA journals
Source: Angelini, A. et al. 2013.Empirical modelling of chestnut coppice yield for Cimini and Vicani mountains (Central Italy). "Annals of Silvicultural Research" 37 (1): 7-12
The prescription of stand rotation according to site conditions and economic targets requires yield information that expresses
stand productivity under different site-classes. This is particularly relevant for the optimal management of chestnut coppices
allowing the production of timber assortments sized differently. This paper reports a new yield model built for chestnut coppices of
the Cimini and Vicani mountains (Central Italy), according to three site index classes. The model focuses on the development of
stands after an intense thinning carried out at the ages of 13-14 years. The model is compared with two previous yield tables built for
chestnut coppice forests living in the same area and including one site index class only. The study stresses the high productivity of
chestnut coppices growing on the volcanic soils of Cimini and Vicani mountains and shows how the growth course following intense
thinning allows to get stems with large mean volume at the end of rotation. In the light of the most recent studies on the causes of
ring shake, i.e. the most relevant defect of chestnut wood, the negative consequences on timber quality originating from the current
thinning regime are also outlined.
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