Articles | Volume 14, issue 1
Web Ecol., 14, 61–64, 2014

Special issue: AGORA: Ideas and Concepts

Web Ecol., 14, 61–64, 2014

Comment/reply 19 Dec 2014

Comment/reply | 19 Dec 2014

Comment on "Opinion paper: Forest management and biodiversity": the role of protected areas is greater than the sum of its number of species

M. Mikoláš1, M. Svoboda1, V. Pouska1, R. C. Morrissey1, D. C. Donato2, W. S. Keeton3, T. A. Nagel4, V. D. Popescu5, J. Müller6, C. Bässler6, J. Knorn7, L. Rozylowicz8, C. M. Enescu9, V. Trotsiuk1, P. Janda1, H. Mrhalová1, Z. Michalová1, F. Krumm10, and D. Kraus10 M. Mikoláš et al.
  • 1Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Kamýcká 129, 16521 Praha 6 – Suchdol, Czech Republic
  • 2University of Washington, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, Seattle, Washington, USA
  • 3University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, Aiken Center, 81 Carrigan Drive, Burlington, Vermont 05405, USA
  • 4University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Vecna Pot 83, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 5Simon Fraser University, Biological Sciences, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada
  • 6Bavarian Forest National Park, Department of Conservation and Research, Freyunger Str. 2, 94481 Grafenau, Germany
  • 7Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Geography Department, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany
  • 8University of Bucharest, Centre for Environmental Research (CCMESI), 1 N. Balcescu Blvd., 010041, Bucharest, Romania
  • 9University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, Faculty of Agriculture, 59 Mărăşti Blvd., 011464, Bucharest, Romania
  • 10European Forest Institute, Wonnhaldestr. 4, 79100 Freiburg, Germany
Short summary
Clear-fellings to introduce heterogeneity can be an important component of a forest management plan. However, it is misleading to compare clear-fellings to protected areas dominated by old-growth forests using a simplistic measure of biodiversity and without a landscape perspective. To minimize the well-documented role of protected areas can have adverse effects on forested landscapes, primary forest remnants, and taxa that rely on forest structural elements characteristic of old-growth forests.