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Bergenheim, Jens, 2024. Bilberry cover and its relationship to silvicultural strategies. Second cycle, A2E. Umeå: SLU, Dept. of Forest Resource Management



This thesis explores the interplay between silvicultural strategies and bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) cover in Sweden's boreal forests. Bilberries hold significant ecological, cultural, and economic value, serving as a habitat, a traditional food source, and contributing to rural economies. Forestry practices impact bilberry cover, which this study examines through simulation and optimization in the Heureka Forestry Decision Support System. Data from the Swedish National Forest Inventory and targeted forest characteristics from Västerbotten and Kronoberg counties provide the empirical basis for this analysis. The study investigates various management strategies, including clear-cutting, continuous cover forestry, extended rotation, and their effects on bilberry cover and forest economic outputs. The results reveal a trade-off between maximizing net present value (NPV) and bilberry cover, with strategies integrating diverse practices offering a compromise. This study highlights the need for multi-objective forest management that accommodates the ecological significance of bilberries while considering economic returns from timber production. The findings advocate for forestry guidelines that include bilberry cover optimization, emphasizing the role of decision support systems in sustainable forest management.

Main title:Bilberry cover and its relationship to silvicultural strategies
Authors:Bergenheim, Jens
Supervisor:Öhman, Karin
Examiner:Lundström, Johanna
Series:Arbetsrapport / Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för skoglig resurshushållning och geomatik
Volume/Sequential designation:559
Year of Publication:2024
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:SMTA2 Multi-purpose forest management, 120.0hp
Supervising department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
Keywords:Bilberry Cover, Ecosystem Services, Boreal Forests, Forest Management, Heureka Decision Support System
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Deposited On:15 May 2024 07:42
Metadata Last Modified:17 May 2024 10:42

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