Assessment of coarse woody debris following selective logging in Caspian forests: implications for conservation and management
F.K. Behjou, O.G. Mollabashihttps://doi.org/10.17221/78/2012-JFSCitation:Behjou F.K., Mollabashi O.G. (2013): Assessment of coarse woody debris following selective logging in Caspian forests: implications for conservation and management. J. For. Sci., 59: 117-124.
Information on the amount, distribution, and characteristics of coarse woody debris (CWD) in forest ecosystems is highly demanded by wildlife biologists, fire specialists and ecologists. Owing to its important role in wildlife habitats, fuel loading, forest productivity, and carbon sequestration, coarse woody debris is an indicator of forest health. Two sampling methods including fixed-area plot and line intersect sampling were compared for accuracy and efficiency in measuring CWD. Data were selected from mature beech stands following selective logging in Caspian forests. Line intersect sampling consistently provided estimates similar to the results of a 100% survey (high accuracy). This method also took the least amount of time and effort to map the layout and field line location (high efficiency). Finally, line intersect sampling as an easy and fast survey method is suggested to monitor coarse woody debris (CWD) in Caspian forests.Keywords:
line intersect method; fixed-area plot; beech forest