Sustainable use and management of non native trees in the alpine region

D.C.4.6. Blogs

Blogs give us the opportunity to go more into detail about our research and it's fruitful outcome.

Members of the ALPTREES team as well as external experts share their work in the sense of a broader perspective which can include personal stories, views and narrations about failure, success and the passion behind our research on non native tree species.

Getting to know non native trees – my internship at BFW / project ALPTREES
Forests have been previously rather unknown to 19 year old Karla Munsche, born and raised in Dithmarschen, one of Germany’s  northernmost provinces. Right after her A-Levels her curiosity led her to the deep forests in Austria and to ALPTREES lead partner BFW.
Download: alptrees_blog_munsche_211130.pdf

The eradication of Ailanthus altissima (Tree of heaven)
Alexander Mrkvicka, from the Forestry and Agriculture Department (MA 49) of the City of Vienna was accompanied by Katharina Lapin (BFW) on his mission to eradicate the increasing population of Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima) in the south of Vienna. The impact of the invasiveness of Ailanthus altissima in forests and urban spaces in the Alpine Region, has led to the necessity for this species to be regulated under EU legislation.
Many management measures like the application of herbicides, mechanical removal, seed bank management and many more, have been explored in the last decades.
Among all attempts to eradicate the Tree-of-heaven, one measure has scored with the cost-efficiency and eradication success: “drill-fill” or stem injection of fungal pathogens of the genus Verticillium.
The prevention of introduction of invasive alien plants is still the most efficient way to combat biological invasions, which certainly will increase in future.
Download: blog_alptrees_tree-of-heaven_lapin.pdf

Eat the Trees
Have you ever considered eating a tree? Not?
Well, chances are that you have eaten one already. Most likely within the last few hours. From black and green tea to cinnamon and maple syrup, trees are an essential part of our cuisine. We use their leaves, fruits, bark, sap, roots, and even wood in a multitude of delicious
food products. Yet reading or hearing about them in the context of food is an extremely rare event. Despite all evidence to the contrary, we simply don’t consider them edible...
Download: alptrees-blogpost-eat-the-trees-cisar-erlach-.pdf

You may be familiar with the silver fir, which is native to the Alpine Space, or the Nordmann fir, which you might have decorated for Christmas, but there are so many more fir tree species to explore –56 different fir species, to be exact. Katharna Lapin about the variety of the fir tree.
Download: blog_alptrees_oh-tannenbaum_lapin.pdf

The urban area of Klagenfurt on Lake Wörthersee covers an area of about 120 km², whereas 21,7 % fall upon built up zones. About the utilisation and management of urban woodlands around the City of Klagenfurt written by Regine Hradetzky at the municipality of Klagenfurt, Regine Hradetzky
Donwload: alptrees_blog_reginehradetzky_the-urban-woodlands-of-klagenfurt.pdf

Patricia Detry from Cerema about the importance of integrating ecosystem services into landscape management, decision-making and policy development is widely acknowledged as fostering the sustainable use of natural resources. Mountain regions often represent important water suppliers for people living in large cities in the adjacent lowland areas or for people who use nearby green spaces for recreational activities, or the sequestration of greenhouse gas emissions by forests is of global relevance,  Patricia Detry
Download: blog_20201118_alptrees_cerema_mapping_and_assessing-fes-hotspots.pdf

FVA establishes first comprehensive Database on non native tree species in the Alpine Space, Anja Bindewald & Anja Müller-Meißner
Download: alptrees_blog_fva_16112020_anja_korrpm.pdf

Investigating tree-ring phenology, Patrick McClatchy
Download: alptrees_blog_post_patrickmcclatchy.pdf

What is a Non-Native Tree, Katharina Lapin
Download: blog_alptrees_definitions_lapin.pdf

The Importance of Deadwood, Janine Oettel
Download: alptrees_blog_janine_oettel.pdf

Assisted migration: Three lines of defense for sustaining forest ecosystem services in climate change, Reneema Hazarika
Download: alptrees_blog_renee_hazarika.pdf

Good examples of forest related education on climate - Slovenia, Ajša Alagić
Download: alptrees_blog_education_ajsa_220110.pdf

D.C.4.6. Newsletter 7, December 2021

15th Steering Group Meeting in Ljubliana, Slovenia; Stakeholder-Workshop und TREE TALKS in Italien; Podcasts and Blogs; ALPTREES HandBooks; Replanting project of native species, Trento, Italy


D.C.4.6 Newsletter 6, September 2021

Gorenjska Stakeholder Workshop; Tree Talks; Searching for NNT in the Gocciadoro Park – Trento; Podcast (upcoming)


D.C.4.6 Newsletter 5, May 2021

French Stakeholder workshop; Digital ALPTREES Conference; Alptrees Timber Report: The UsageValue of Non-Native Trees; City Nature Challenge; Podcasts; Inaturalist: Train the TrainersWorkshop; Database and Inventory


D.C.4.6 Newsletter 4, December 2020

Stakeholder Workshop in Škofja Loka in Slovenia. The ALPTREES children’s Tree song and video, won the #EUinmyregion Storytelling award. The ALPTREES Webinar took place 5th, November 2020.


D.C.4.6 Newsletter 3, 9 September 2020

In the ALPTREES 7th Steering Group Meeting held online on 16th June, a team from the University of Life Sciences, BOKU in Vienna, presented their approach for a timber market expert survey. They plan to conduct this survey across the 5 ALPTREES partner countries in the Alpine Space.


D.C.4.6 Newsletter 2, 20 February 2020

The TREE TALKs are a series of talks hosted by the project, where experts present on diverse environmental issues and topics related to trees and forests. Stakeholders and the general public are invited to attend these events and they get a glimpse of the different scientific and social studies/researches undertaken on forests in the Alpine Space.

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D.C.4.6 Newsletter 1, 21 January 2020

The project ALPTREES started with a kick-off meeting on November 14th and 15th in 2019 at BFW, the Austrian Research Centre for Forests in Vienna, Austria. Together with our 12 project partners...

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