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See detailActivités récréatives et gestion forestière durable
Colson, Vincent ULg; Rondeux, Jacques ULg

Scientific conference (2009, September 25)

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See detailLa fonction récréative de la forêt wallonne : évaluation et pistes de réflexion pour son intégration optimale dans l'aménagement intégré des massifs
Colson, Vincent ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Forêt Wallonne (2009), (101), 3-17

Dans le contexte d’une gestion multifonctionnelle de la forêt, il importe d’intégrer la fréquentation du public dans les démarches d’aménagement. Encore faut-il pouvoir se baser sur des éléments objectifs ... [more ▼]

Dans le contexte d’une gestion multifonctionnelle de la forêt, il importe d’intégrer la fréquentation du public dans les démarches d’aménagement. Encore faut-il pouvoir se baser sur des éléments objectifs. C’est ce que propose de cerner cette synthèse d’une thèse de doctorat menée à la Faculté universitaire des Sciences agronomiques de Gembloux qui a, entre autre, révélé l’ampleur et la valeur de la fonction récréative des forêts en Wallonie. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation de la fonction récréative des massifs forestiers wallons
Colson, Vincent ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Rondeux, Jacques ULg

Poster (2009, June 29)

Estimer la valeur économique des visites effectuées à des fins récréatives en forêt wallonne.

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See detailQuelles sont les espèces d’oiseaux indicatrices de la qualité des forêts feuillues ardennaises ?
Delahaye, Laurence; Rondeux, Jacques ULg

Poster (2009, June 29)

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See detailWho's Counting Dead Wood ?
Woodall, C. W.; Verkerk, H.; Rondeux, Jacques ULg et al

in EFI News (2009), 17(2), 12-13

Dead wood in forests is a critical component of biodiversity, carbon and nutrient cycles, stand structure, and fuel loadings. Until recently, very few countries have conducted systematic inventories of ... [more ▼]

Dead wood in forests is a critical component of biodiversity, carbon and nutrient cycles, stand structure, and fuel loadings. Until recently, very few countries have conducted systematic inventories of dead wood resources across their forest lands. This may be changing as an increasing number of countries implement dead wood inventories. A recent survey looks at the status and attributes of forest dead wood inventories in over 60 countries. About 13 percent of countries inventory dead wood globally and most of these countries have initiated large-scale inventories of forest dead wood only recently (< 10 years). Given the growing importance of forest dead wood resources to many countries, globally harmonizing dead wood inventories helps everyone reach a common language in an era of climate change. [less ▲]

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See detailReview of indicators and field methods for monitoring biodiversity within national forest inventories. Core variable : Deadwood
Rondeux, Jacques ULg; Sanchez, Christine

in Environmental Monitoring & Assessment (2009)

Deadwood is one of the four elements taken into account in this review of indicators and field methods and is often considered as a key indicator of forest biodiversity. We have analysed the main types of ... [more ▼]

Deadwood is one of the four elements taken into account in this review of indicators and field methods and is often considered as a key indicator of forest biodiversity. We have analysed the main types of surveys and have realised how greatly the needs and constraints used to monitor deadwood can vary among them. For instance, classical National Forest Inventories usually tend to avoid time-consuming collecting methods. In the wide variety of existing definitions of deadwood, such inventories require simple and clear definitions, especially in terms of quantified thresholds. Thus, deadwood is properly described by characterising several components, such as snags, logs, stumps, branches and fine woody debris. Deadwood sampling methods alter depending on the different components and dimensions considered (standing dead trees, lying dead trees and branches, etc. assessed quantitatively). Attributes such as tree species and stage of decay are used mainly to qualify the deadwood components. The deadwood volume estimations are usually based on classical approaches already applied to living or felled trees: volume equations and/or formulas giving the volumes of common geometric solids. The purpose of this paper is to focus on different deadwood assessment techniques and to provide the information necessary to identify the most relevant methods for collecting deadwood data. The latter is used to build indicators that characterise the evolution of forest biodiversity at the scale of large forest territories. [less ▲]

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See detailAn ArcGIS-based tool for the relational data management assistance of Natura 2000 habitat units in the Walloon Region, Belgium
Barbier, Yvan ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Dufrêne, Marc ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2009), 13(2), 243-248

The Natura 2000 network designation stems from two important European conservation directives (79/409/EEC and 92/43/EEC). Each EU member state was instructed to draw up a national list of Natura 2000 ... [more ▼]

The Natura 2000 network designation stems from two important European conservation directives (79/409/EEC and 92/43/EEC). Each EU member state was instructed to draw up a national list of Natura 2000 conservation sites. This has largely been done. The next step is to specify what action has to be taken and what needs to be controlled in these sites by means of specific designation acts. In the Walloon Region in Belgium, the designation acts have to include a full description of the site and the habitats composing it. For this purpose, field biologists have been making a detailed inventory of all Natura 2000 sites. Land use and habitats are mapped into a Geographic Information System (ArcGIS) and a full description of them (including information needed to describe conservation states) is stored in a relational database (Access). The main problem is ensuring data integrity between the cartographic and database systems, which are completely separate. The technical solution that has been developed is an original set of tools integrated into the ArcGIS interface. These tools offer a variety of functions that enable users to create dynamic links between ArcGIS and Access. A tool will also carry out batch synchronization between the two systems. [less ▲]

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See detailLe suivi des bandes riveraines des cours d'eau de Wallonie
Claessens, Hugues ULg; Rondeux, Jacques ULg; Debruxelles, Natacha et al

in Revue Forestière Française (2009), 61(6), 595-610

Riparian forest buffers are environments that attract much ecological, economic and social interest. For the purposes of sustainable, multi-functional management, it is very important to have an initial ... [more ▼]

Riparian forest buffers are environments that attract much ecological, economic and social interest. For the purposes of sustainable, multi-functional management, it is very important to have an initial assessment and track changes in the situation. The article presents a monitoring system developed for the 24 000 kilometres of water courses that make up the Wallonia watershed. The system is based on a hierarchical sampling plan consisting of 1 064 sample units. Various items of information about each location were collected on practically linear plots (50 metres long and a few metres wides): landscape-related observations, description of the physical status of the shores and the streams, records of targeted vegetation and description of the riparian forest buffer where applicable. By way of example, the article describes some results that relate specifically to these strips (dendrology, tree and stand measurement, continuity and structure ) on various geographical scales. [less ▲]

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See detailEstimating dead wood during national forest inventories: a review of inventory methodologies and suggestions for harmonization
Woodall, Christopher W.; Rondeux, Jacques ULg; Verkerk, Pieter J. et al

in Environmental Management (2009), 44(4), 624-631

Efforts to assess forest ecosystem carbon stocks, biodiversity, and fire hazards have spurred the need for comprehensive assessments of forest ecosystem dead wood (DW) components around the world ... [more ▼]

Efforts to assess forest ecosystem carbon stocks, biodiversity, and fire hazards have spurred the need for comprehensive assessments of forest ecosystem dead wood (DW) components around the world. Currently, information regarding the prevalence, status, and methods of DW inventories occurring in the world’s forested landscapes is scattered. The goal of this study is to describe the status, DW components measured, sample methods employed, and DW component thresholds used by national forest inventories that currently inventory DW around the world. Study results indicate that most countries do not inventory forest DW. Globally, we estimate that about 13% of countries inventory DW using a diversity of sample methods and DW component definitions. A common feature among DW inventories was that most countries had only just begun DW inventories and employ very low sample intensities. There are major hurdles to harmonizing national forest inventories of DW: differences in population definitions, lack of clarity on sample protocols/estimation procedures, and sparse availability of inventory data/reports. Increasing database/ estimation flexibility, developing common dimensional thresholds of DW components, publishing inventory procedures/protocols, releasing inventiory data/reports to international peer review, and increasing communication (e.g.,workshops) among countries inventorying DW are suggestions forwarded by this study to increase DW inventory harmonization. [less ▲]

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See detailMap and determinants of woodlands visiting in Wallonia
Colson, Vincent ULg; Garcia, S.; Rondeux, Jacques ULg et al

in Urban Forestry and Urban Greening (2009)

The Walloon forest taken as a whole can be regarded as typical of a rural area, although its proximity to densely populated areas gives it a peri-urban character. It is visited by the local population as ... [more ▼]

The Walloon forest taken as a whole can be regarded as typical of a rural area, although its proximity to densely populated areas gives it a peri-urban character. It is visited by the local population as well as by tourists (including from neighboring countries). To provide spatial information on the level of Wallonia woodland visitation, a survey was conducted among managers of Forest Service districts (also called ‘‘cantonnements’’). The aim was to map the woodlands to show spatial patterns of visitation levels, and analyze them qualitatively to determine the influence factors. This map identifies regional hubs of recreation woodlands and, conversely, areas where the recreational function is much less important. The level of visitation was scaled in four levels ranging from low to very high. The mapping was supplemented with a statistical analysis of data collected from the forest managers and also from different GIS-layers (slope, hydrology, land use, etc.). An equation using the level of visitation as a dependent variable was fitted to a set of characteristics of the woodland with an ordered Logit model. The results show that type of ownership, type of forest, and recreational facilities significantly influence the level of woodland visitation. They also show that woodland visitors prefer any type of forest to mainly coniferous woodland. These results and the analysis of the map are particularly useful for developing forest policy and tourism as well as managing the forest. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign of a watercourse and riparian strip monitoring system for environmental management
Debruxelles, N.; Claessens, Hugues ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

in Environmental Monitoring & Assessment (2009), 156

Watercourses are complex ecosystems where numerous economic, ecological and heritage issues converge. To ensure their efficient management it is essential to have a full description of these ... [more ▼]

Watercourses are complex ecosystems where numerous economic, ecological and heritage issues converge. To ensure their efficient management it is essential to have a full description of these multifunctional ecosystems and to know their evolution over time. This paper describes a method for monitoring watercourses and their riparian strips developed in Wallonia (southern Belgium). It is based on an inventory constructed by stratified random sampling comprising 1,071 sampling plots distributed over a total length of 24,600 km of watercourses covered from their source. Each sampling plot is surveyed and measurements and fine observations are made on watercourse segments 50 m long. The method developed, which was applied on a regional scale, could easily be transposed to other entities, from large river basins, to an entire country. Examples of results obtained from a first inventory phase demonstrate the utility of this tool designed to supply qualitative and quantitative information to assist watercourse management. [less ▲]

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See detailL'apport d'un inventaire forestier par échantillonnage à la gestion de la forêt de Soignes
Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Alderweireld, Matthieu ULg; Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Les amis de la forêt de Soignes, (Ed.) La forêt de Soignes. Connaissances nouvelles pour un patrimoine d'avenir (2009)

To keep up with the increase and diversity of constraints to which our forests are subjected, the forest managers need to have at their disposal a panel of information more and more complete, able to ... [more ▼]

To keep up with the increase and diversity of constraints to which our forests are subjected, the forest managers need to have at their disposal a panel of information more and more complete, able to offer objective guidance in making decisions. It is within this context that the Institut Bruxellois de Gestion de l’Environnement (IBGE), an institute responsible for local environmental management, chose to equip itself with a permanent inventory of forestry samples covering amongst it the 1657 ha of the Soignes forest near Brussels. This inventory was conceived and implemented in collaboration with the Gembloux Agricultural University. It is made up of a network of observation points distributed at regular intervals throughout the forest around Brussels. No less than 400 places (circular surfaces) of a few hundred square meters each are distributed within the forest and will be subject to precise and measurable observations at regular intervals (every 4 to 8 years). These measures not only record healthy trees, but also dead trees and the biodiversity they bring, also herbaceous plants, soil conditions, topography, animal wildlife, ... Thanks to a digital database specifically devised for this inventory, the information gathered will be treated and extrapolated to offer forest wide resource data. The continuing acquisition of this detailed information together with its spatial references ensure the completeness of the inventory and will enable an analytical study of its evolution of the different parameters studied. The inventory put in place here will constitute an important source of information to those who take part in the management and more widely to the improvements of our knowledge of the forestry heritage of the region Brussels Capital. [less ▲]

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See detailLe monitoring des cours d'eau: une vitrine du réseau hydrographique wallon
Debruxelles, N.; Claessens, Hugues ULg; Dufays, Edwin ULg et al

in Parcs & Réserves (2008), 63(4), 12-18

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See detailLes inventaires forestiers en futaie feuillue: Quelles méthodes pour quels objectifs?
Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Gheysen, Thibaut ULg; Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Forêt Wallonne (2008), (93), 16-24

L’inventaire forestier par échantillonnage est une méthode qui a fait ses preuves. Cependant, les nouveaux outils de mesures, d’encodage et de traitement apparus récemment ouvrent de nouvelles ... [more ▼]

L’inventaire forestier par échantillonnage est une méthode qui a fait ses preuves. Cependant, les nouveaux outils de mesures, d’encodage et de traitement apparus récemment ouvrent de nouvelles perspectives avec, entre autres, le développement de solutions prêtes à l’emploi. L’une d’elles est exposée ici avec ses qualités et limites. [less ▲]

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See detailInventaire des dégâts d'écorcement en peuplements résineux
Gheysen, Thibaut ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Arnal, Delphine et al

Poster (2008, January 25)

Une gestion des populations de cervidés en harmonie avec la forêt et les multiples fonctions qu’elle est aujourd’hui amenée à remplir nécessite notamment de pouvoir apprécier de manière objective et ... [more ▼]

Une gestion des populations de cervidés en harmonie avec la forêt et les multiples fonctions qu’elle est aujourd’hui amenée à remplir nécessite notamment de pouvoir apprécier de manière objective et précise la pression exercée par la grande faune sur les zones davantage réservées à la production ligneuse. Les recensements par observations directes constituent souvent la principale source d’informations à partir desquelles il est habituel d’estimer les populations de cervidés et d’établir les plans de gestion de ces populations. Ces méthodes présentent cependant le double désavantage d’être coûteuses en moyens humains et de produire des résultats dont la précision et l’objectivité laissent parfois à désirer. Aussi, certains auteurs préconisent-ils de remplacer ou, à tout le moins, de compléter ces recensements par une observation des dégâts frais affectant la végétation ligneuse. [less ▲]

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See detailIndividual distance-independent girth increment model for Douglas-fir in southern Belgium
Monty, Arnaud ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Ecological Modelling (2008), 212(3-4), 472-479

An individual distance-independent girth increment model for pure stands of Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (MIRB.) FRANCO), comprising two equations, is presented. The data used to fit the model were ... [more ▼]

An individual distance-independent girth increment model for pure stands of Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (MIRB.) FRANCO), comprising two equations, is presented. The data used to fit the model were collected from 1007 trees in 42 plots installed in regularly stocked and even-aged stands located in Wallonia (southern Belgium). Both equations predict girth increment from individual girth, dominant height, basal area per hectare, stand mean girth and variables linked to site fertility. These last variables are the site index H50 in the first equation, and a combination of mean annual rainfall and altitude in the second. The coefficient of determination ranges from 0.434 to 0.481 and the root mean square error ranges from 0.7857 to 0.8194 cm year(-1). Estimated increments of 224 Douglas-fir trees in 12 different and independent stands were used to validate the model, which is expected to provide reliable predictions for most of the pure Douglas-fir stands located in the study area. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved [less ▲]

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