Old Forests, New Management (OFNM2008)

Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor

Location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Event Date/Time: Feb 17, 2008 End Date/Time: Feb 21, 2008
Registration Date: Feb 10, 2008
Early Registration Date: Dec 05, 2007
Abstract Submission Date: Nov 10, 2007
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Description

Old-growth forests in temperate and boreal regions are places of great beauty and importance to people. These forests are often managed for conservation and biodiversity value and as an important resource for timber production, so their management has inevitably become subject to a range of societal pressures. Current management practices for old-growth forests are increasingly informed by an understanding of the disturbance events that trigger forest regeneration. Research from several long-term experimental sites now allows a fresh look at ecologically based silviculture in forests managed for wood production.

This conference will bring together researchers from a range of disciplines focussed upon achieving ecologically sustainable management and use of old-growth forests. It will include coverage of modern approaches being developed in the Pacific Northwest, Australia, South America, Scandinavia and Central Europe. The conference will include a visit to the Warra Long-Term Ecological Research site in southern Tasmania, which is partly in a World Heritage Area and also contains a silvicultural systems trial that has explored alternatives to clearfelling of old-growth forests. The visit will provide an excellent opportunity to view tall old-growth eucalypt forests and discuss alternative silvicultural systems for wood production and biodiversity management.

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