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Research article2012Peer reviewedOpen access

Occurrence and management of oak in southern Swedish forests

Drössler, Lars; Attocchi, Giulia; Jensen, Anna M


T his article describes the current proportions of forest types with oak (Quercus robur and Q. petraea) in southern Sweden, provides an overview of oak distribution over time and reviews literature about oak regeneration relevant for the region. Further we discuss silvicultural possibilities to maintain and promote oak in Scandinavia. In Götaland pure oak forest covers 1% of the forest area and mixed forest types with > 10% oak proportion cover approximately 10% of the area. Common types of mixture are spruce-oak and pine-oak forest. Both mixtures are frequent in mature forest, especially pine-oak. Additionally, about one third of spruce-oak mixtures can be found in medium-aged forest. I ntensive management would be necessary to promote single oak trees in old pine stands or spruce plantations, but the proportion of oak in coniferous forest provides some potential to maintain additional oak trees. The distribution of acorns by Jays, enhanced measures against browsing, and the release of single oak trees from competing tree species could help to maintain more oak trees for nature conservation. However, regarding management of oak for timber production, conventional methods are recommended. Planting after clear cutting of coniferous forest, or short shelter periods after mast years in oak stands, are established methods to regenerate pure oak stands. Another possibility to develop mature oak forest are mixed oak-spruce plantations, as traditionally practised in a small region in southern Sweden. The different approaches of oak management in Sweden were presented in April 2012 on the annual meeting of the section silviculture of DVFFA (German Union of Forest Research Organizations) in Wermsdorf near Leipzig to give an overview and access to recent forest research in Sweden.


Oak, Sweden, oak management

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2012, Volume: 83, number: 5, pages: 163-169