Why is consideration to nature important?
Mining, nomadic cultivation, transhumance – and in the last centuries forestry – have resulted in us having very little original forest left. The living conditions have changed for many species.
Many species’ long-term survival is threatened if forestry does not take appropriate consideration.
For this reason, the day-to-day nature conservation is important for both these who work in the forest and for those who manage it.
Large parts of forestry’s operations lie in parts of the country where for centuries the forests were intensively exploited.
The purpose of consideration for nature during pre-commercial thinning is primarily to help in the creation of new nature values.
In the stand to be thinned, it is usually only very special areas of consideration that are marked out and drawn on you map sketch.
In the day-to-day nature conservation, it is your task and your responsibility to determine how and where you will carry out pre-commercial thinning in order to show consideration for nature.
Consideration to nature is important everywhere, but especially in these areas:
Care-demanding biotopes (swamp forest and wet hollows, key biotopes, areas with valuable deciduous, rocky outcrops).
During pre-commercial thinning work, you must show the same consideration to nature as was shown during earlier forestry work. This could be swamp forest sections with old forest, edge zones or other areas with high natural value that were left during final cutting.
In the following pages, you will learn how to recognise non-productive areas, edge zones and care-demanding areas.
It is also important to save deciduous in the production forest because one of our goals is to increase the proportion of deciduous trees in our forests.