About the book
Silviculture can be defined as the applied science that rules an ecologically sustainable management of the forest ecosystems, having into consideration the needs of society in products and services. It is of the utmost importance to maintain the perpetuity and sustainability of forests stands and productions. Silviculture makes the bridge between the individual trees and the stand, using several methods and techniques in the stand management. The stands range from even-aged monospecific to uneven-aged multispecific, with different levels of diversity and a wide assortment of products and services. As a result, for the characterization and modelling of the forest stands there is a large suite of approaches that are related to the objectives, productions and services, and yields.
This book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art. Overall the studies of this publication are intended to encompass the following areas: stand structure, modelling, silvicultural practices, diversity, conversion and transformation, and close-to-nature silviculture.