Forests offer more than timber – New tool identifies drivers of ecosystem service trade-offs

Buchenwald (Fagus sylvatica). Buchenwälder, gerade nicht bewirtschaftete, haben meist grosse Laubdächer und eine hohe strukturelle Heterogenität (vertikal und horizontal). © Springer Nature, Bild: Peter Manning

Most European forests are primarily used for timber production. In addition, woodlands offer spaces for recreation and they store carbon. It is not clear how forests can be managed for these multiple benefits. A new study under the direction of the University of Bern illustrates that adapted forest management can improved the ecosystem services that forests are able to provide.

This research was a carried out by SPSW members Prof Markus Fischer, Prof Eric Allan and their teams at the University of Bern, together with additional colleagues from other research institutions.

Reference publication

Multiple forest attributes underpin the supply of multiple ecosystem services
Felipe-Lucia, MR; Soliveres, S; Penone, C; Manning, P; van der Plas, F; Boch, S; Prati, D; Ammer, C; Schall, P; Gossner, MM; Bauhus, J; Buscot, F; Blaser, S; Bluthgen, N; de Frutos, A; Ehbrecht, M; Frank, K; Goldmann, K; Hansel, F; Jung, K; Kahl, T; Nauss, T; Oelmann, Y; Pena, R; Polle, A; Renner, S; Schloter, M; Schoning, I; Schrumpf, M; Schulze, ED; Solly, E; Sorkau, E; Stempfhuber, B; Tschapka, M; Weisser, WW; Wubet, T; Fischer, M; Allan, E
NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 9 10.1038/s41467-018-07082-4 NOV 16 2018

University of Bern: media release (in English) Medienmitteilung (auf Deutsch)