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Consequences of More Intensive Forestry for the Sustainable Management of Forest Soils and Waters

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Laudon, Hjalmar; Sponseller, Ryan A.; Lucas, Richard W.; Futter, Martyn N.; Egnell, Gustaf; Bishop, Kevin; Ågren, Anneli; Ring, Eva; Högberg, Peter
Journal: Forests
Volume: 2
Page(s): 243-260
Date: 2011
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7146
Sector: Forestry
Water Resource & Irrigation
Subject(s): sustainability
Abstract: "Additions of nutrients, faster growing tree varieties, more intense harvest practices, and a changing climate all have the potential to increase forest production in Sweden, thereby mitigating climate change through carbon sequestration and fossil fuel substitution. However, the effects of management strategies for increased biomass production on soil resources and water quality at landscape scales are inadequately understood. Key knowledge gaps also remain regarding the sustainability of shorter rotation periods and more intensive biomass harvests. This includes effects of fertilization on the long-term weathering and supply of base cations and the consequences of changing mineral availability for future forest production. Furthermore, because soils and surface waters are closely connected, management efforts in the terrestrial landscape will potentially have consequences for water quality and the ecology of streams, rivers, and lakes. Here, we review and discuss some of the most pertinent questions related to how increased forest biomass production in Sweden could affect soils and surface waters, and how contemporary forestry goals can be met while minimizing the loss of other ecosystem services. We suggest that the development of management plans to promote the sustainable use of soil resources and water quality, while maximizing biomass production, will require a holistic ecosystem approach that is placed within a broader landscape perspective."

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