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Accomplishment of the demonstrative silvicultural interventions LIFE MixForChange

In early 2019 we ended the implementation of the innovative management models for Mediterranean subhumid forests, aiming to improve the climate change adaptation of the forest stands, with a multiple aim: increase their vitality, preserve their biodiversity, reduce the structural vulnerability to large forest fires and promote added-value timber products. In the four forest types addressed by the project (holm oak, other oaks, chestnut, and pine forests) we have implemented a total of 164 ha of silvicultural treatments. The Newsletter nº3 presented the aims and features of these interventions.

These interventions include selective undergrowth clearings, tree marking, implementation of forest improvement treatments (sucker thinning, low thinning, selective thinning, selective felling, sanitation felling), pruning and enrichment planting.

Aspect of C1.6 holm oak stand before the intervention (left) and after applying sucker thinning and selective clearing (right)

Aspect of C2.2 chestnut stand before the intervention (left) and after applying selective thinning, sucker thinning and selective clearing (right)

Aspect of C3.8 oak stand before the intervention (left) and after applying selective thinning and selective clearing (right)

Aspect of C4.6 pine stand before the intervention (left) and after applying mixed selective thinning and selective clearing (right)

Following the implementation of the interventions, we conduct the post-intervention ecologic (Action D2) and silvicultural (Action D3) inventories, with the aim to characterize the treatments applied.

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