Structure of coarse woody debris in Lange-Leitn Natural Forest Reserve, Austria

https://doi.org/10.17221/3102-JFSCitation:Rahman M.M., Frank G., Ruprecht H., Vacik H. (2008): Structure of coarse woody debris in Lange-Leitn Natural Forest Reserve, Austria. J. For. Sci., 54: 161-169.
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The amount, variability and quality of coarse woody debris (CWD) in an oak-dominated natural forest reserve in Austria were studied in 2006. The average volume of CWD (snags and logs) was 107.3 m3/ha, which accounted for 39% of the total living volume. Among the CWD, on average, 23.4 m3/ha (22%) were snags and 83.9 m3/ha (78%) were logs. According to quality aspects the CWD displayed a wide range of variation in tree species, tree size, stage of decay, and structural characteristics, creating a high diversity of CWD habitats for microorganisms. Among the three forest associations, the highest amount of CWD was found in the mesic Galio sylvatici-Carpinetum association. The results of this study are discussed as reference values for a close-to-nature management of oak-dominated broadleaved submontane forests emphasizing conservation management.

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