The forestry management policy

The long term aim of forestry management in the NP is to reconstruct near-natural communities in places which were modified by human activity into cultural forests with a significantly different species composition and a uniform age and spatial structure. These renewed forest stands are then gradually integrated with the existing near-natural forests and in this way a single, contiguous core zone is formed and left to natural development processes. The most valuable parts of these natural communities (left to natural processes) form the current I. zone of nature protection and around 15% of the areas on which renewal management is practiced are now included in the first zone.


The concrete management strategy in individual forest stands is not only based on the current zoning but also on the designated target extent of stands to be left to natural development and the current condition of the stands (degree of naturalness of the forest and the forest stand type).


In the management process emphasis is placed on leaving dead and rotting wood in the forest stands as it is an integral part of the natural and near natural ecosystems. The aim is to maintain and form specific biotopes for animals and plants, which are closely bound to these environments. 


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Pic.1. The forest management policy.

Photo 01. Dead wood

Renewal management