FURN is an international network of silviculturists, wildlife biologists, and managers who are seeking new silvicultural techniques for managing (primarily regenerating) forests subjected to heavy ungulate herbivory. In many forested landscapes, large ungulates are the most common natural disturbance and are especially a problem with natural regeneration methods.  Click here to read more about the goals of our team.


Recent Announcements

  • Conference: Effects of Ungulate Browsing on Forest Regeneration and Silviculture

    Special implications for palatable tree species such as Abies alba

    IUFRO International Symposium

    Birmensdorf (Zürich),  Switzerland 14 - 16 October 2015

    Registration is now open--click here to register.

    Ungulate browsing is one of the many factors that affect tree establishment, growth and mortality and thus both structure and species composition of forests. Tree saplings are part of the usual food of ungulate species and palatable tree species, like Abies alba (European silver fir), are often browsed by ungulates. At the same time, natural regeneration of a mixture of species is valued in mountain protection forests to mitigate damages of snow avalanches, rockfall, mass flow and wind storms. Thereby, species with deep rooting systems (like Abies alba and Acer pseudoplatanus) are particularly important.

    Measuring and monitoring the effects of ungulates on forest regeneration pose however major challenges because leader shoot browsing rate linearly correlates neither with tree density nor with species composition. The conference intends to present the current state of knowledge on ungulate impacts on tree regeneration and their implications for forest stand dynamics. We specifically focus on sustainable natural tree regeneration under current and predicted future climate.

    Conference Goals

    The main goal of the conference is to summarize the state of knowledge on tree - ungulate interactions, with a particular emphasis on

    1. measuring the impact of ungulates at the scale of the individuals to the scale of the landscape, in terms of timber quality, stand composition, stand structure and forest dynamics.
    2. silvicultural management techniques to mitigate ungulate effects on natural regeneration, particularly on preferred tree species such as Abies alba.

    A further goal is to discuss the difficulties of managing forests that simultaneously face climate change, increasing impacts of ungulates and cascading effects of carnivores and human hunting on forest regeneration.

  • Conference Announcement: Sustaining Ecosystem Services in Forest Landscapes The biannual meeti.ng of the IUFRO Landscape Ecology Working Party will be held in Tartu, Estonia 23-30 August 2015 (http://iufrole2015.to.ee/).  We have proposed a symposium ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2014, 7:27 AM by Tom Rooney
  • Conference Announcement: International Wildlife Management Congress The 5th International Wildlife Management Congress (IWMC2015) have opened (http://www.iwmc2015.org/). The congress will be held on July 26–30, 2015, in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Many Japanese scientists ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2014, 7:22 AM by Tom Rooney
  • Conference Announcement - Forest lanscape mosaics in August 2014 Global environmental change poses complex challenges to our continued demand for ecosystem services. Where forestry in the past focused on the production of a few commodities, the threat of global ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2014, 6:42 AM by Tom Rooney
  • New Paper - Moose and Bark stripping Now appearing in Baltic Forestry:The damage caused by large herbivores feeding on forest trees is considerable. This study was carried out to determine the reaction of Scots pine (Pinus ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2014, 6:39 AM by Tom Rooney
  • Special issue: the impact of ungulates and other mammalian herbivores on forest ecosystems Many of the presentations given at our 2012 FURN Network meeting in Estonia have been published in a special issue of Boreal Environment Research. The journal is open access.
    Posted Nov 28, 2013, 12:48 PM by Tom Rooney
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Network To Do

OwnerDescriptionDue DateComplete
Palle Edit Special Issue of Forestry September 15, 2009  
Susan RJVA with Wright State September 1, 2009  
Tom Session Proposal for ESA meeting December 16, 2009  
Tom August 2013 Meeting - Minneapolis (USA) with ESA   
Palle Chapter for Forest Landscape Restoration book April 1, 2010  
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