Sep 24, 2016

EFI conducted a one-day training seminar entitled “Basic Vegetation Fire Management” for the Fire Service of Appenweier.

Sep 8, 2016

Wildfire Week in Barcelona, Spain, between the 31st January and the 3th February 2017

Apr 4, 2016

German news article

Mar 4, 2016

organised by INRA, Arcachon, France, 27-30 October 2015

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Conference: Effects of ungulate browsing on forest regeneration and silviculture

Jul 13, 2015

Special implications for Abies alba (European silver fir)

IUFRO International Symposium
Birmensdorf (Zürich),  Switzerland 14 - 16 October 2015

Ungulate browsing is one of the many factors that affect tree establishment, growth and mortality and thus both structure and species composition of forests. Tree saplings are part of the usual food of ungulate species and palatable tree species, like Abies alba (European silver fir), are often browsed by ungulates. At the same time, natural regeneration of a mixture of species is valued in mountain protection forests to mitigate damages of snow avalanches, rockfall, mass flow and wind storms. Thereby, species with deep rooting systems (like Abies alba and Acer pseudoplatanus) are particularly important.

Measuring and monitoring the effects of ungulates on forest regeneration pose however major challenges because leader shoot browsing rate linearly correlates neither with tree density nor with species composition. The conference intends to present the current state of knowledge on ungulate impacts on tree regeneration and their implications for forest stand dynamics. We specifically focus on sustainable natural tree regeneration under current andpredicted future climate.

Conference Goals
The main goal of the conference is to summarize the state of knowledge on tree - ungulate interactions, with a particular emphasis on

- measuring the impact of ungulates at the scale of the individuals to the scale of the landscape, in terms of timber quality, stand composition, stand structure and forest dynamics.

- Silvicultural management techniques to mitigate ungulate effects on natural regeneration, particularly on preferred tree species such as Abies alba.

A further goal is to discuss the difficulties of managing forests that simultaneously face climate change, increasing impacts of ungulates and cascading effects of carnivores and human hunting on forest regeneration.