Gap disturbance dynamics in virgin forest Lom

  • Zoran Govedar University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Forestry, S. Stepanovića 75A, 78000 Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina; email: zoran.govedar@sf.unibl.org
  • Vojislav Dukić University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Forestry, S. Stepanovića 75A, 78000 Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina; email: vojislav.dukic@sf.unibl.org
  • Danijela Petrović University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Forestry, S. Stepanovića 75A, 78000 Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina; email: danijela.petrovic@sf.unibl.org
  • Srđan Keren University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Forestry, S. Stepanovića 75A, 78000 Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Keywords: virgin forest Lom, gap, canopy

Abstract

Virgin forests are known as self-sufficient natural systems which provide diverse structures and microhabitats. Natural patterns of virgin forest self-regeneration proved to be reliable indicators for planning silvicultural activities. We experimentally examined six gaps in the Piceo-Abieti-Fagetum virgin forest “Lom” that is located in the north-western part of the Republic of Srpska in order to determine the causes of gap creation and to evaluate the influence of created gaps on forest dynamics.

Published
2012-06-30
Section
Original Scientific Papers