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Managing Coppice Forests

A special collection by the Journal of Forest Research

Enjoy FREE ACCESS to the articles below until 31st December 2020.

Coppicing is a traditional woodland management technique which involves the regular cutting of tree stems to near ground level, and then allowing these stumps to regrow and regenerate for a number of years. Coppicing appears to find its origins all over the world as a popular way of managing forests and woodlands mainly for fuel wood production, buying them time, slowing down their ageing process by maintaining trees at a juvenile age. Recently, abandonment or under-use of coppice woodlands after the fuel revolution has become a common issue around the world in terms of deterioration of biodiversity as a ‘secondary nature’.

This collection of articles showcases the Japanese experience of working with abandoned coppiced woodland (also called “Satoyama forest” in Japan) for forest regeneration and biodiversity conservation. An invited review by coppicing expert, Prof. Peter Buckley is also featured in this collection.

Featured Article by Prof. Peter Buckley

Browse this invited review by renowned forest expert, Prof. Peter Buckley on 'Coppice restoration and conservation: a European perspective'. Prof. Buckley maintains that a landscape which carries the full range of interconnecting growth stages, including coppice, will yield the greatest opportunities for biodiversity and conservation.
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About the Journal

The Journal of Forest Research (JFR) covers all aspects of forest research, both basic and applied, with the aim of encouraging international communication between scientists in different fields who share a common interest in forest science. A publication by the Japanese Forest Society. Find out more about JFR from the homepage.

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