Good silvicultural decision-making and planning require knowledge
of the growth of tree species across the full range of forest
sites in Ireland.
While site classification has long been used in forestry
as a means of species selection and for estimating growth
and yield, no overall system has been adapted for widespread
use. Soil classification has been used to estimate productivity
and to aid species selection, while indicator species and
vegetation type are used as secondary indicators of soil fertility.
Andersonís site classification (1950) has been used to classify
the fertility class and moisture of sites, based on plant
communities. It remains in use, but recent years have seen
growth in the use of multifactor classifications in Britain
and Canada. These systems work by focusing attention on ecological
site quality and its relation to the ecosystem and can provide
a sound basis for the sustainable production of wood and for
the conservation of wildlife.
Ecological Site Classification (ESC), currently in use in
Canada and Britain, recognises different site types according
to environmental variables and provides an ecological basis
for silvicultural practices - given that understanding the
role of species variability in forest productivity is one
of the essential elements for sustainable wood production.
In order to better understand the role and potential of
site classification in the choice of tree species, site productivity
and forest management, Teagasc and COFORD are holding a seminar
on 4 June 2008 on the theme - The role of site classification
in forest productivity and management - at the Tullamore
Court Hotel, Co Offaly.
The seminar will be addressed by invited speakers - including
a number of eminent scientists in the area of site classification
in Ireland and abroad. All those interested in silvicultural
decision-making and planning and forest ecology will find
attendance at the seminar worthwhile.
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