This section welcomes high-quality and original contributions on management approaches for planted and natural forests. Research that integrates ecological, social and economic perspectives on forest sustainability in light of an uncertain future climate is particularly relevant.
Forest management is the use and manipulation of forests to produce products and ecosystem services, and includes the process of planning and implementing silvicultural measures (e.g., regeneration, tending, harvesting) to meet specific management objectives. The spatial scale of forest management extends from stand to landscape and involves time scales of up to several decades and beyond.
Over the last decades forest management has evolved from a timber production focus to the acknowledgement that forests can provide a diverse range of ecosystem services. The complexity of forest management derives, inter alia, from the need to consider ecological and social processes that operate on different spatial and temporal scales, the positive and negative tradeoffs between different products and services, contrasting interests of stakeholders, and the uncertainty in future environmental conditions. Notably, intensifying natural disturbance regimes pose major challenges to forest management.
This Specialty Section on Forest Management will publish scientific articles on planted and natural forests that use theoretical, empirical and model-based approaches. We are particularly interested in management theories and concepts that integrate ecosystem theory, functional biology and uncertainty in future climate, and comparative studies of management approaches. Approaches and techniques for management planning that integrate ecological, social and economic information, the assessment of sustainability of forest management and related data needs are also within the scope of the section.
We welcome theoretical and conceptual papers, original research papers and reviews that have general relevance for the management of forest ecosystems.
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Forest Management welcomes submissions of the following article types: Book Review, Case Report, Data Report, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Brief, Protocols, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge, Systematic Review and Technology Report.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Forest Management, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Forest Management will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Forests and Global Change.
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