The mixed forests of Greece

T. Zagas, T. Tsitsoni, A. Hatzistathis

Abstract


Greece  is a mountainous Mediterranean country characterised by a variety of    microenvironments. As a result, a great number of mixed forest types  appear.    These stands are natural by unevenaged stands with a lot of ecological and  social advantages    (as resistance against biotic and abiotic factors) high biodiversity and  aesthetical beauty.    For this reason, these forests must be protected and managed in a  sustainable way, in order to    fulfil their valuable services.    This paper is dealing with the most important and representative  mixed-species stands of    Greece beginning from those existing in the lower elevations (zone of  evergreen broadleaves)    and continuing to the higher ones (zone of boreal conifers).

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21825/sg.v66i0.819