Spruce in the context of global change (Spruce 2009)

Ecology, silviculture, forest products, management risks and conservation practices

31 August to 3 September 2009

What was the event?

Various species of spruce comprise a significant part of forests in the northern hemisphere and are widely used in forest management. The management of spruce greatly influences carbon sequestration and the production of biomass that can be used for substitution of fossil fuels. Additionally, climate change may affect future management practices. Site requirements for certain species may shift and new potential risks may have to be considered when designing future management programs.

The conference focused on a wide range of issues relating to all aspects of spruce forests and spruce management. These included, for example:

  • Biomass and timber production
  • Genetic stock
  • Root dynamics
  • Pests and pathogens
  • Long-term forest development
  • Biodiversity and water quality
  • Forest recreation and landscape aesthetics.

Bill Mason from Forest Research presented "Sitka spruce forests in Atlantic Europe: Developing carbon lean management systems".

Conference website

Who was the event suitable for?

Scientists, forest managers and policy makers.

Where did the event take place?

Hotel Tylösand

Venue details


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