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Program: 3rd Restoring Forest Congress: Regeneration and ecosystem functions for the future

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Tuesday 12th September 2017

7:30-9.00. Registration
9.00-9:15. Welcome speech by Organizing Committee
(Moderator: Magnus Löf, SLU, Sweden)
9:15-09:45. Inaugural talk: New Generation Plantations: Restoring forests and ecosystem functions at the landscape scale. Luis Neves Silva, WWF International, Switzerland.
09.45-10.15. Inaugural talk: Saving the Bonn Challenge from Irrelevance. John Stanturf, USDA Forest Service, USA.
10:15-10:30. Coffee break
Session 1: Learning from the past (Moderator: Magnus Löf, SLU, Sweden)
10:30-11:00. Keynote speaker: Using the past as guide to forest restoration. Richard Bradshaw, University of Liverpool, UK.
11:00-11:45. Oral communications
A general framework for quantifying the effects of land-use history on ecosystem dynamics. Leen Depauw, Ghent University, Belgium.
The vexed question of choosing an historical context for restoration: the case of the Florentine Valley. Mark Hunt, University of Tasmania, Australia.  
Using ecological memory to restore forest ecosystem resilience. Colin Bergeron, University of Alberta, Canada.  
Session 2: Ecological knowledge supporting forest restoration (Moderator: Douglass Jacobs, Purdue University, USA)
11:45-12:15. Keynote speaker: Ungulate browsing from a nutritional ecology point of view and implications for forest restoration. Annika Felton, SLU, Sweden.
12:15-12:45. Oral communications
Natural regeneration of Pinus pinaster to protect Quercus ilex plantations against excess ungulate browsing. Barbara Mariotti, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy.
Coniferous main tree species as a deer browsing refuge for an oak admixture: Silvicultural implications for forest restoration. Jakub Borkowski, University of Warmia and Mazury, Poland.
12:45-14.00. Lunch
(Continuation session 2, Moderator: Douglass Jacobs, Purdue University, USA)
14:00-14:30. Keynote speaker: Understanding species interactions to support forest restoration in a changing world. Lorena Gomez-Aparicio, CSIC, Spain.
14:30-16:00. Oral communications
Recalcitrant soil conditions; alternate states persist in woodland restoration. Stuart Macdonald, University of Tasmania, Australia.
Trade-off between vitality and diversity of associated fungal endophytes in Pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L.). Marta Agostinelli, SLU, Sweden.
• Linking tree water use to rooting depth, leaf area and climate on a boreal reclaimed mining site. Morgane Merlin, University of Alberta, Canada.
What drives oak colonization in Mediterranean shrublands? Facilitation and beyond. Pedro Villar-Salvador, University of Alcalá, Spain.
Seed protection through predator’s smell: Developing novel repellents to avoid granivorous rodents. Adrian Villalobos, SLU, Sweden.
Acorn dispersal by magpie (Pica pica) in a Mediterranean forest and farmland mosaic. An overlooked actor for oak woodland spread? Loreto Martinéz-Baroja, University of Alcalá, Spain.
16:00-16:15. Coffee break
(Continuation session 2, Moderator: Magnus Löf, SLU, Sweden)
16:15-17:45. Oral communications
Size matters: A global meta-analysis on the relationship between the size of outplanted seedlings and field survival. Enrique Andivia, University of Alcalá, Spain.  
Changing the role of tree breeding and outplanting to promote forest resilience and resistance. Kasten Dumroese, USDA Forest Service, USA.
Is local best? Testing forest tree provenancing strategies using field trials embedded in large-scale restoration plantings. Zara Marais, University of Tasmania, Australia.
Is Populus nigra locally adapted to latitude and rainfall? Insights from phenotype screenings for drought tolerance. Jaime Puertolas, Lancaster University, UK.
The maternal environment affects the phenological performance of tree progenies. Sumitra Dewan, Ghent University, Belgium.
Choosing provenances for climate resilient restoration of forest ecosystems. Peter Harrison, University of Tasmania, Australia.


Wednesday 13th September 2017  

(Moderator: Marek Metslaid, EMU, Estonia)
08:30-09:00. Inaugural talk (video-link): When too much disturbances is too much – principles and practices for restoration forestry in heavily disturbed native forests. David Lindenmayer, The Australian National University, Australia.
09:00-09:10. Break (posters put up in poster room)
Session 3: Advances in restoration and regeneration techniques and systems (Moderator: Marek Metslaid, EMU, Estonia).
09:10-09:40. Keynote speaker: Role of mechanical methods for the establishment and silviculture of young plantations, in relation to forest restoration. Catherine Collet, INRA, France.  
09:40-10:25. Oral communications
Soil preparation, choice of planting spot and planting time affects early growth and survival of Picea abies seedlings. Kjersti Holt Hanssen, NIBR, Norway.
Improving soil quality and plant performance in degraded areas using compost and superabsorbent polymers. Sara Martelletti, University of Turin, Italy.
Tree, stand and site characteristics affecting the occurrence of lammas shoots multiple stems in field-grown Norway spruce. Aksel Granhus, NIBR, Norway.
10:25-12:00. Poster session
12:00-13.00. Lunch
Jesper Witzell and Tove Hultberg, Skania County Administrative Board (Busses leaves from conference venue and return by 18:00.
20:00. Social dinner


Thursday 14th September 2017  

(Continuation session 3, Moderator: Marek Metslaid, EMU, Estonia)
08:30-09:00. Keynote speaker: Advances in planting techniques and materials in boreal region. Timo Saksa, NRI, Finland.
09:00-09:45. Oral communications
Should we use meshes or tube shelters when planting in semiarid environments? Juan A. Oliet, Technical University of Madrid, Spain.
Challenges in bringing seedling-based aspen restoration to the south-western US. Simon M. Landhäusser, University of Alberta, Canada.
Nursery conditioning seedlings for improved dry site performance. Owen Burney, New Mexico State University, USA.   
09:45-10:00. Coffee break
Session 4: Forest restoration following biotic and abiotic disturbances (Moderator: Johanna Witzell, SLU, Sweden).
10:00-10:30. Keynote speaker: The role of disturbances in forest restoration – do we promote or counteract them? Anne Tolvanen, NRI, Finland.
10:30-12:00. Oral communications
Restoring forests and soil function after mining oil sands in the boreal forest. Cindy Prescott, University of British Columbia, Canada.
Agroforestry for reclamation of waste generated by alluvial gold mining in Colombia. Bibiana Betancur Corredor, University of Bonn, Germany.
Impact of species selection and planting strategies on boreal forest reclamation sites. Caren Jones, University of Alberta, Canada.
Anthropogenic disturbances differently impacted natural regeneration and coppicing ability in nine Fagaceae tree species in moist oak-laurel hill forests of Khasi Hills, Northeast India. Somidh Saha, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.
Developing an upland forest on a reconstructed watershed after oil sands mining in northern Alberta, Canada. Frances Leishman, University of Alberta, Canada.
The effect of agronomic herbaceous plants on mine tailings structure and on the establishment of boreal forest tree seedlings. Dominique Barrette, University of Quebec, Canada.
12:00-13.15. Lunch
(Continuation session 4, Moderator: Johanna Witzell, SLU, Sweden)
13:15-13:45. Keynote speaker: Scientific and breeding advances in the fight against Dutch elm disease – will they allow the use of elms in forest restoration? Juan A. Martín, Technical University of Madrid, Spain.
13:45-14:15. Oral communications
Keep it on site: Burnt wood as a key biological legacy to prompt biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and regeneration. Jorge Castro, University of Granada, Spain.
Recovery of temperate and boreal forest ecosystems after windthrows. Anders Taeroe, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Session 5: Restoring forest landscapes of the future (Moderator: Palle Madsen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark).  
14:15-14:45. Keynote speaker: Mitigating negative effects on biodiversity from clearcutting – an overview from north Europe. Lena Gustafsson, SLU, Sweden.
14:45-15:30. Oral communications
Restoration of temperate deciduous woodland with semi-open canopy from mixed forest on abandoned agricultural land. Björn Nordén, NINA, Norway.
Productivity, growth, and management of valuable timber plantations in humid Guatemalan lowlands: monoculture versus mixtures with Tabebuia donell-smithii. Boris Mendez, University of San Carlos, Guatemala.
Red alder-conifer stands in Alaska: An example of mixed species management to enhance structural and biological complexity. Ewa H. Orlikowska, SLU, Sweden.
15:30-15:45. Coffee break
(Continuation session 5, Moderator: Palle Madsen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
15:45-16:15. Keynote speaker: Restoration expectations in South America: a case study in the Andes. Pablo J Donoso, Universidad Austral de Chile.   
16:15-17:15. Oral communications
Do restored native species respond to delayed plantation thinning in the Atlantic Lowlands of Costa Rica? Douglass Jacobs, Purdue University, USA.
Climate impact of using former arable land for biomass production in different bioenergy pathways in the transport sector. Sylvia Haus, Linnaeus University, Sweden.
Evaluating stand developmental trajectories for bottomland hardwood restoration efforts in the southeastern United States. Brent Frey, Mississippi University, USA.
We want to restore but today we can’t: Bottlenecks for the restoration of natural forests in Southern Chile. Jan R. Bannister, Instituto Forestal, Chile.
17:15-18:00. Concluding remarks and discussion

Friday 15th September 2017  

08:00. Post-conference tour bus leaves from conference venue and stop at Kastrup international airport, in Denmark, at 17.00.