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Type of publication: Straipsnis kitose duomenų bazėse / Article in other databases (S4)
Field of Science: Aplinkos inžinerija / Environmental engineering (T004)
Author(s): Juknelienė, Daiva;Valčiukienė, Jolanta;Atkocevičienė, Virginija
Title: The change of forest coverage in Lithuania
Is part of: Baltic surveying : international scientific journal / Aleksandras Stulginskis university, Estonian university of life sciences, Latvia university of agriculture. , 2015, vol. 3
Extent: p. 91-99
Date: 2015
Keywords: Forest uses;Forest coverage;Aforestation;Forest land;Agricultural land use;Land-use features;Abandoned land
Abstract: The article presents the Lithuanian forest land change in the period of more than a hundred years. The causes leading to forest land use change are analyzed in the article. The beginning of forestry in Lithuania can be traced back to Sigismund Augustus times starting from 1557, when Wallach reform was launched. However, over time forest land and its use evolved for a variety of political, social and economic factors. In 1795 the state-owned forests in Lithuania amounted to 35% of the total area of forests; other forests were owned by landlords, churches and kulak farms. Later forests were cut down quite rapidly, many of them burned down, but reforestation work was insignificant. The smallest forest coverage during the analyzed period was in 1945, just 16.5%. Forests were thinned out, wastelands and waterlogged areas dominated. Later, albeit with different variations, the forest coverage of Lithuania increased and today forest area accounts for more than 34% of the total area of the country, the majority of which are private forests. More detailed characteristics of forest land use and user trends as well as their causes are presented in the article. It also looks at the possible prospects
Affiliation(s): Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Žemės ūkio akademija
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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