Forestry

Forestry is the study and practice of the cultivation and management of woodland. Forests provide goods and services such as timber, recreation and carbon sequestration.

Latest Research and Reviews

  • Research
    | Open Access

    Salvage logging has become a common practice to gain economic returns from naturally disturbed forests, but it could have considerable negative effects on biodiversity. Here the authors use a recently developed statistical method to estimate that ca. 75% of the naturally disturbed forest should be left unlogged to maintain 90% of the species unique to the area.

    • Simon Thorn
    • , Anne Chao
    • , Kostadin B. Georgiev
    • , Jörg Müller
    • , Claus Bässler
    • , John L. Campbell
    • , Jorge Castro
    • , Yan-Han Chen
    • , Chang-Yong Choi
    • , Tyler P. Cobb
    • , Daniel C. Donato
    • , Ewa Durska
    • , Ellen Macdonald
    • , Heike Feldhaar
    • , Joseph B. Fontaine
    • , Paula J. Fornwalt
    • , Raquel María Hernández Hernández
    • , Richard L. Hutto
    • , Matti Koivula
    • , Eun-Jae Lee
    • , David Lindenmayer
    • , Grzegorz Mikusiński
    • , Martin K. Obrist
    • , Michal Perlík
    • , Josep Rost
    • , Kaysandra Waldron
    • , Beat Wermelinger
    • , Ingmar Weiß
    • , Michał Żmihorski
    •  & Alexandro B. Leverkus
  • Reviews |

    The water–energy–food nexus has provided a framework for comprehensive analysis, but this Perspective argues for adding forest studies to better integrate the needs and ecosystems of smallholders, especially in the Global South.

    • Felipe P. L. Melo
    • , Luke Parry
    • , Pedro H. S. Brancalion
    • , Severino R. R. Pinto
    • , Joaquim Freitas
    • , Adriana P. Manhães
    • , Paula Meli
    • , Gislene Ganade
    •  & Robin L. Chazdon
  • Research |

    Reforestation has been recently identified as a promising climate mitigation option. In Southeast Asia, 120 million ha of land are biophysically suitable for reforestation. However, financial, land-use and operational factors constrain mitigation potential to a fraction of its total possible value.

    • Yiwen Zeng
    • , Tasya Vadya Sarira
    • , L. Roman Carrasco
    • , Kwek Yan Chong
    • , Daniel A. Friess
    • , Janice Ser Huay Lee
    • , Pierre Taillardat
    • , Thomas A. Worthington
    • , Yuchen Zhang
    •  & Lian Pin Koh
    Nature Climate Change 10, 842-844

News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion |

    The battle between humans and plant pests is as old as agriculture, but the movement of pests as a consequence of human activities has been exacerbated only recently. International research collaboration is increasingly important to tackle pests causing serious damage to economies.

    • Baldissera Giovani
    • , Sylvia Blümel
    • , Ralf Lopian
    • , David Teulon
    • , Stephanie Bloem
    • , Cristina Galeano Martínez
    • , Camilo Beltrán Montoya
    • , Carlos Ramon Urias Morales
    • , Sridhar Dharmapuri
    • , Visoni Timote
    • , Nico Horn
    • , Mekki Chouibani
    • , Jean Gérard Mezui M’Ella
    • , Veronica Herrera
    • , Aurélie Castinel
    • , Con Goletsos
    • , Carina Moeller
    • , Ian Naumann
    • , Giuseppe Stancanelli
    • , Stef Bronzwaer
    • , Sara Tramontini
    • , Philip MacDonald
    • , Loren Matheson
    • , Géraldine Anthoine
    • , Kris De Jonghe
    • , Martijn Schenk
    • , Silke Steinmöller
    • , Elena Rodriguez
    • , Maria Leonor Cruz
    • , Jo Luck
    • , Greg Fraser
    • , Sarah Brunel
    • , Mirko Montuori
    • , Craig Fedchock
    • , Elspeth Steel
    • , Helen Grace Pennington
    • , Roger Day
    • , Jean Pierre Rossi
    •  & Jingyuan Xia
    Nature Plants 6, 902-905
  • Comments and Opinion |

    The recent fires in southern Australia were unprecedented in scale and severity. Much commentary has rightly focused on the role of climate change in exacerbating the risk of fire. Here, we contend that policy makers must recognize that historical and contemporary logging of forests has had profound effects on these fires’ severity and frequency.

    • David B. Lindenmayer
    • , Robert M. Kooyman
    • , Chris Taylor
    • , Michelle Ward
    •  & James E. M. Watson