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Hokkaido, a northern island of Japan, is situated in an area of mixed forest with coniferous and hardwood species between the cool-temperate and the sub-boreal zone. Single-tree selection system has been widely employed since the early 20th century as a major option to manage multi-aged and mixed forests. The University of Tokyo (UT) has owned and managed 23 thousand hectare of forests in the central part of Hokkaido since 1899. The stand-based silvicultural management system has been implemented at the UT Hokkaido Forest for over 50 years to maximize multiple public and economic functions of forest ecosystems. After a brief introduction of forest and forestry in Japan and Hokkaido, I will present recent practices and research activities at the UT Hokkaido Forest for managing conifer-hardwood mixed forests in northern Japan.
Source: Owari, T.: Management and research of conifer-hardwood mixed forests at the University of Tokyo Hokkaido Forest, northern Japan. ICAAM Seminar, University of Evora, Portugal, 13 Jul. 2012