Forest ecology and management vol:241 issue:1-3 pages:258-271
Forest management regimes influence plant diversity and soil properties. Many European forests were traditionally managed as coppice-with-standards of which the majority are nowadays being converted to or have been converted to high forest systems. To evaluate the impact of these changes on abiotic and biotic characteristics, long-term data are needed. Here results are presented from the 245 ha Tournibus forest (Belgium) where soil acidity was determined and vegetation records were made in 1967 and 2005 for 246 semi-permanent plots. In 1967 most of the forest was managed as coppice-with-standards, whereas in 2005 stands were managed as high forest (either uneven-aged high forest, even-aged high forest with Quercus spp., or even-aged high forest with Fagus spp.).