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Variability of cutting regimes in small private woodlots of south-western France

Abstract : The small scale forest holdings are very common in Europe, but their management is not well known. The classical principes of forest management and of silviculture being rarely applied, their management is often seen as purely opportunistic, and even chaotic. To overcome this first sight, a detailed analysis of management practices in six private woodlots from two municipalities in south western France was done, with semi-directive interviews of the owners and an dynamic analysis of a chronological series of aerial pictures. The “said” practices (from the interviews) and the “seen” practices (from the aerial pictures) were crossed in a GIS and allowed to build the chronology of logging operations in any points of the woodlots from 1938 to 2003. The data from interviews and from aerial pictures fit together provided useful complementary information. They showed that there were no permanent spatial management unit, the logged areas being defined according to the local and current conditions. The silvicultural strategies and their dynamic have been described. The spatial-temporal complexity of the social and technical factors of the logging decision was acknowledged as a key explanation of the discrepancy between these small scale silvicultural systems and the classical systems.
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Gaétan Du Bus de Warnaffe, Marc Deconchat, Sylvie Ladet, Gerard Balent. Variability of cutting regimes in small private woodlots of south-western France. Annals of Forest Science, Springer Nature (since 2011)/EDP Science (until 2010), 2006, 63 (8), pp.915-927. ⟨10.1051/forest:2006075⟩. ⟨hal-02655342⟩

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