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Baginskiy V. F., Demid N. P., Lapitskaya O. V. New Felling Ages for the Forests of the Republic of Belarus

Keywords:
felling turnover, forest maturity, pine, spruce, oak, birch, aspen, black alder, forest use

Abstract

UDC 630*2

How to cite: Baginskiy V. F.1, Demid N. P.2, Lapitskaya O. V.3 New felling ages for the forests of the Republic of Belarus // Sibirskij Lesnoj Zurnal (Sib. J. For. Sci.). 2019. N. 5. P. … (in Russian with English abstract).

DOI: 10.15372/SJFS20190504

© Baginskiy V. F., Demid N. P., Lapitskaya O. V., 2019

Received 17.04.2019

The current ages of felling in the forests of Belarus were established in 2001. In production forests, they make up 81 years and more for coniferous stands, 101 years or more of hardwood, 61 years or more birch trees, black alder – 51 years or more, aspen – 41 years and more. The current ages of logging do not provide the optimal yield of large high-grade assortments in coniferous and alder stands. In Belarus, as a result of improving the age structure of forests over the past 25–30 years, real conditions have been created for improving methods for determining cutting ages and a certain increase in ages and turnovers. Changing the current ages of logging requires the formation of a new regulatory framework in connection with the adoption of the new Forest Code. Currently, new cutting ages for forests of the Republic of Belarus have been developed and approved. They are developed on the basis of quantitative and technical maturity of the forest, taking into account the ecological imperative. New logging ages for conifers (pine and spruce) of the II grade and below have been increased by 10 years; for ash, the logging ages are reduced; for black alder, the ages are raised by 10 years; The accepted logging ages do not lead to a significant change in the value of the calculated cutting area, and the output of large commercial timber in the plantations of pine, spruce (site productivity grade II and below) and black alder increases substantially. Alignment of the age structure of tree stands due to new cutting age is expected no earlier than 2050–2060.


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