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Making the FOREST FIT FOR FUTURE
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Making the FOREST FIT FOR FUTURE

How can uniform coniferous stands in Northern Europe be converted to more natural and climate-friendly managed forests? How will that affect the economic outcome of forestry and what is the effect on biodiversity? These questions are raised and sought to be answered in the EU LIFE project Forest Fit For Future. Conifer forests are important...

New publication on Closer-to-Nature Forest Management
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New publication on Closer-to-Nature Forest Management

From Science to Policy 12 Closer-to-Nature Forest Management is a concept proposed in the EU Forest Strategy for 2030, which aims to improve the conservation values and climate resilience of multifunctional, managed forests in Europe. Building on the latest scientific evidence, this recently published report proposes a definition of the concept, a set of seven...

New marteloscope in Lazio, Italy
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New marteloscope in Lazio, Italy

In Italy, marteloscopes are one of the most useful tools to communicate and teach how conservation of biodiversity can be integrated in traditional forestry practices. In the past years, the Pennataro (south Italy) marteloscope, developed by University of Molise, was used as an outdoor laboratory to implement teaching activities with students and forest practitioners.In the...

“Dehesa de Valsalobre” Marteloscope: getting ready for its inauguration
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“Dehesa de Valsalobre” Marteloscope: getting ready for its inauguration

Recently, Spanish members of the Integrate network including the managers of the “Dehesa de Valsalobre” forest, had a meeting in this marteloscope to explore the potential of the I+Trainer app performing some simulation exercises. This was a great test of the latest version (v.0.7.9.4 beta) of the software, which includes useful new features (e.g. the...

“Working with forest owners is a continuous learning process” – interview with Elisabet Andersson
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“Working with forest owners is a continuous learning process” – interview with Elisabet Andersson

As part of the European Network Integrate, Elisabet Andersson is the Swedish focal point responsible for questions of forest conservation. We spoke with her about the role Swedish forests play for the economy, what measures are taken to both to preserve and to increase biodiversity, and how the Swedish Forest Agency is aiming at improving collaboration...

A week in the life of a marteloscopist
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A week in the life of a marteloscopist

Getting to the forest before sunrise, hugging trees to determine their diameter, spotting microhabitats despite rainy and foggy weather – setting up a marteloscope site is not a walk in the park. But as you can read in this illustrative blogpost by Jakob Derks, it is an interesting procedure, and an important contribution to enable...

Co-occurrence patterns of tree-related microhabitats: new paper out
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Co-occurrence patterns of tree-related microhabitats: new paper out

A Tree-related Microhabitat (TreM) is a distinct, well-delineated morphological singularity occurring on living or standing dead trees, which constitutes a crucial substrate for species. Cavities, conks of lignivorous fungi and dead branches are examples of TreMs. TreMs are widely recognized key features of biodiversity and are useful indirect indicators for biodiversity. Therefore, researchers have suggested...

Spain is the new Integrate Network Chair
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Spain is the new Integrate Network Chair

A very warm welcome to Spain as our new Integrate Network Chair, represented by Leopoldo Rojo Serrano and Daniel Roures Rego! During our recent Integrate Network Meeting in Neuchâtel, Spain took over the chairmanship from Switzerland. Spain is looking forward to a fruitful collaboration with the Network and colleagues from policy, practice and research to further...