Castel di Sangro (UTB)
Abruzzo Region, Province of L’Aquila
Direct management of State and Regional forests “Val Canneto” State forest, located in the National Park of Abruzzo-Lazio-Molise and Natura 2000 sites Area: 212 ha Forest types: beech Main management type: coppice with standards, coppice under high forest, small patches of even-aged or irregularly-structured high forest. More or less regularly exploited until 1969 when it was bought by the State. Since then, a process of rinaturalisation is taking place, with increasing growing stocks. Coppice stands should undergo the conversion to high forests.
“Valle cupa” State forest. External protection zone of National Park of Abruzzo-Lazio-Molise and partly in Natura 2000 sites. Area: 213 ha Forest types: beech.
Main management type: coppice with standards. Historically overexploited until 1989 when it was bought by the State. Growing stock slowly increasing. Possibility to follow rinaturalisation processes.
“Chiarino” State forest, located in the National Park of Gran Sasso and Laga Mountains and in Natura 2000 sites. Area: 560 ha Forest types: beech, mixed deciduous dominated by beech.
Main management types: high forest, coppice with standards. The latter due to ageing is slowly converting to high forest. Possible intervention: conversion of coppice stands to high forests, thinning in high forest for structural diversity.
“Feudozzo” Regional Forest, SIC site Area 344 ha Altitudinal range: 900 – 1100 m Forest types: turkey oak high forest (50%); mixed turkey oak and beech (100 ha); pure beech (40 ha); conifer plantation (30 ha).
Main management types: high forest, shelterwood treatments. In the beech forests, thinnings aimed at increasing structural diversity have been performed in 2005 under project LIFE04 NAT/IT/00190.
“Chiarano-Sparvera” Regional Forest, included in the external protection zone of the National Park of Abruzzo-Lazio-Molise and partially in Natura 2000 sites. Area: 766 ha Forest types: beech forests (95%)
Main management type: originally coppice with standards, now under conversion to high forest. In the last 20 years, treatments were aimed at converting coppice to high forest and at thinnings to increase structural diversity.