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Call for papers: Folia Geobotanica: Coppicing systems as a way of understanding patterns in forest vegetation

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The aim of this special issue of Folia Geobotanica is to publish a selection of highquality
papers linking coppicing management systems and patterns in forest
vegetation. Call for papers

Wednesday, 8 April 2015 - arrival, registration, informal ice-breaking party

Thursday, 9 April 2015 - presentations

Friday, 10 April 2015 - presentations, conference dinner

Saturday, 11 April 2015 - excursion to coppice sites in southern Moravia, list below:

The Pálava region
This region boasts probably the best preserved and documented oak, hornbeam and lime coppice woods in Moravia. Děvín Hill and the neighboring Milovice Wood occupy a hilly and picturesque landscape with arable fields and vineyards. During the excursion, participants will get to know the history of coppice management since the Middle Ages complete with original documents and old maps, research on vegetation change since the abandonment of coppicing in the 20th century, and experimental sites of restoration coppicing in cooperation with local nature protection authorities. 

Podyji National Park (http://www.nppodyji.cz/?lang=2)
The excursion will be focused on the visit of ancient oak and hornbeam coppices in the deep river valley and on the plateau near the valley. The results of ancient coppices research will be presented - e.g. the structure and tree spatial patterns of oak coppices; interpretation of historical documents about the coppicing; field survey and classification of ancient coppices etc. The examples of restoration management for biodiversity conservation and the unmanaged core zone will be presented. The viewpoints with marvelous sceneries of deep river valley will be visited during the walk.

Experimental site Soběšice
Under former projects, two experimental plots with dominant (95 %) representation of Sessile oak (Quercus petraea) located on different bedrocks near Brno were chosen for research of simulated structure of low and middle forests. Experimental plot chosen for excursion - Soběšice was established in 2009 at forest district Vranov under Křtiny School Training Enterprise. The total size of plot is 200 x 200 m and it is separated into a mosaic of sub-plots with three different intensities of silvicultural treatments (dimensions of each subplots are 50 x 50 m). Water regime, biomass production and related processes are investigated.

The Hodonínská Dúbrava
wood protects former coppice the best-preserved remnant of sub-continental oak forest on sand in the Czech Republic. It occupies a low plateau above the Morava river floodplain covered by wind-blown sands forming a mildly undulating topography. Large areas of open-canopy dry-mesic oak forests with a herb layer rich in Pannonian forest-steppe species form the matrix vegetation, interspersed with shady oak-lime stands, forestry plantations and moist depressions with relic wetland plants. We will take a walk through the forest and visit sites where habitat requirements of past coppice forests were studied within our project