Virgin Status Assessment of Plješevica Forest in Bosnia - Herzegovina

  • Ćemal VISNJIC University of Sarajevo, 20 Zagrebacka St., 71 000 Sarajevo
  • Sead VOJNIKOVIC University of Sarajevo, 20 Zagrebacka St., 71 000 Sarajevo
  • Florin IORAS Buckinghamshire New University, Queen Alexendra Road, High Wycombe, HP11 2JZ Buckinghamshire, England
  • Mirza DAUTBASIC University of Sarajevo, 20 Zagrebacka St., 71 000 Sarajevo
  • Ioan Vasile ABRUDAN Transilvania University, 1 Sirul Beethoven St., 500123 Brasov
  • Dan Marian GUREAN Transilvania University, 1 Sirul Beethoven St., 500123 Brasov
  • Ahmet LOJO University of Sarajevo, 20 Zagrebacka St., 71 000 Sarajevo
  • Tarik TRESTIC University of Sarajevo, 20 Zagrebacka St., 71 000 Sarajevo
  • Dalibor BALLIAN University of Sarajevo, 20 Zagrebacka St., 71 000 Sarajevo
  • Muhamed BAJRIC University of Sarajevo, 20 Zagrebacka St., 71 000 Sarajevo

Abstract

Virgin forests are relatively rare in the European temperate zone. This is due to the continuous use of forest historically and to increasinghigh population densities. Virgin forests are forest where the structure and dynamics have developed entirely under natural conditions,without any human interference or influence. This article assesses the Plješevica forest in Bosnia Herzegovina to establish whether it canbe classified as virgin forest. The structure and components of the forest were assessed in a 1 ha sample plot and four 400 m2 quadrats. Thevalues of the biodiversity indexes (as defined by Shannon and Weaver, Krebs and Meyer), species richness and evenness, the distributionof the different stand development stages and the proportion of dead wood lead to the conclusion that Plješevica forest presents a set ofstructural and dynamic characteristics close to the ones typical for virgin forests in Europe, so in order to maintain its status as such, in themeantime it should undergo a protection management programme.

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Published
2009-11-02
How to Cite
VISNJIC, Ćemal, VOJNIKOVIC, S., IORAS, F., DAUTBASIC, M., ABRUDAN, I. V., GUREAN, D. M., LOJO, A., TRESTIC, T., BALLIAN, D., & BAJRIC, M. (2009). Virgin Status Assessment of Plješevica Forest in Bosnia - Herzegovina. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 37(2), 22-27. https://doi.org/10.15835/nbha3723308
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Research Articles

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