Effects of traditional forest management on carbon storage in a Mediterranean holm oak (Quercus ilex L.) coppice

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In the last decade, there has been increased interest in measuring and modelingstorage in the five forest carbon pools: the aboveground and belowgroundbiomass (living biomass), the deadwood and litter (dead biomass), and the soil(soil organic matter). In this paper, we examined carbon storage in a holm oakcoppice stand in the Madonie Mountains in Sicily (Italy), which is a typical caseof managed coppice stands. Today, traditional coppice practices are only appliedto a small number of forested areas in Sicily, such as the selected site,because of the decline in demand for wood and charcoal. The dendrometricparameters of the stands were recorded, and silvicultural indices were calculatedimmediately after cutting as well as during and at the end of the rotationperiod; they showed the trends typical of coppices. The carbon stocks in thefive carbon pools were quantified to investigate the effects of coppicing oncarbon storage in this Mediterranean area. Results showed that the lowest livingbiomass values were observed in the first years following coppicing, exceptfor litter carbon. Belowground biomass and the soil carbon stock did not varysignificantly with coppicing. During the rotation period, the aboveground biomasswas completely restored, and the balance of the carbon stocks indicatesthat coppicing is a sustainable forest management choice from the point ofview of the carbon balance, given that the logged trees are generally used forbioenergy production.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-351
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Forestry
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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