• Aleksander Marinšek Slovenian Forestry Institute, Večna pot 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Emira Hukić Faculty of Forestry University of Sarajevo
  • Mitja Ferlan Slovenian Forestry Institute, Večna pot 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Milan Kobal Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Forestry and Renewable Resources, Jamnikarjeva ul. 101, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Daniel Žlindra Slovenian Forestry Institute, Večna pot 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Hamid Čustović Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Sarajevo, Zmaja od Bosne 8, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Primož Simončič Slovenian Forestry Institute, Večna pot 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia


Ključne riječi:

forest management, organic matter, calcareous bedrocks, C stocks


UDK 630*114:630*242(497.6)

Large areas of European fir-beech forests are characteristic for the Dinaric Mountains and represent one of the most important forest ecosystems in the region. Such forests extend in high karst plateaus from the eastern Alps in SE Slovenia to the N Albanian massifs at the altitudes from 700 to 1200 (1500) m a.s.l. This is the area with a diverse landscape configuration. The bedrock is consisted of limestone, occasionally of dolomite limestone and dolomite. There are various soil conditions, where in a small area, a mosaic of Leptosols, Rendzic Leptosols, Chromic Cambisol, Calcaric and Chromic Luvisols occur. As climate conditions are very favourable for the growth of forests (high precipitation and air humidity), production function of wood is much more emphasized. Very little is known about the long-term effects of forest management and intensity of logging on soil organic matter quality and carbon stocks in these forest soils. Therefore, with an objective to understand better variations in soil properties, both in space and time, aiming to minimize the uncertainties of the SOC (soil organic carbon) and TN (total nitrogen) stocks, we have set up a research objects in silver fir-beech forests, in Slovenia (research plots in Kočevje, Snežnik and Trnovo) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (research plots on MT Bjelašnica). We analysed soil properties of the unmanaged and managed sites studying differences between treatments and also changes for the two years period of observations. Preliminary results from Slovenian sites show that the high intensity of logging (50 and 100% cut of growing stock) causes a decrease in SOC and TN contents, wider C/N ratio and higher pH values, with the largest level of alternations in the organic part of the soils. The study in Bosnia gave information on inherent SOC and TN concentrations in the organic and surface mineral soil, and also indicated no differences in soil properties between unmanaged and managed sites characterized by low (14-18%) intensities of logging.


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01. 10. 2016.

How to Cite

Marinšek, A., Hukić, E., Ferlan, M., Kobal, M., Žlindra, D., Čustović, H., & Simončič, P. (2016). SOILS PROPERTIES AND CARBON CONTENT AT RESEARCH OBJECTS IN FIR-BEECH FORESTS ON CALCAREOUS BEDROCKS OF THE DINARIC MOUNTAIN CHAIN: A CASE STUDY FROM SLOVENIA AND BOSNIA. Radovi Šumarskog Fakulteta Univerziteta U Sarajevu, 21(1), 119–130.

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