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In accordance with the Croatian National Standard for forest certification, the one who manages forests must give public insight into the summary of basic elements of management plan, respecting at the same time confidentiality of information. Such a need arises from the provisions of the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access of Justice to Environment (Aarhus, 1998), since our natural forests are a significant element of the environment. Finally, Hrvatske šume, as a company that hasn't got its own forests in posession, but manages state-owned forests, is well aware and confident to manage these forests with the presence, consent and approval of the overall public. 

On the following pages there are basic information on forests prepared, intended especially for people who are not forestry experts, who don't know forestry terminology nor the specific forest spatial distribution. Nevertheless, people usually want to know what kind of forest lies behind their house, next to the road they travel, or on the mountain they like to climb upon. To enter into the system one has to select an area in a wood you are interested in on the lower list (Forest Administration /  Forest Office), and further locate the specific position of your interest.   

The smallest forest unit for which there can be information provided is called management unit and it can be found in our GIS system, along with a set of basic data directly from our forest database and a short description of forest,  adapted from the Unit's Management plan. All the measurements and planning in forestry are carried out every ten years, so the information is accordingly up-to-dated.  

In the part with the table information we would like to warn on a few terms that are necessary to fully understand the content. The idea was to depict what tree species occur in an actual wood, and on what area. For each specie there are two elements shown. The term growing stock shows what is the total volume of wood mass in a specific forest, which indirectly depicts the quality of the forest. The other term, increment, shows how much this volume increases each year, which is again an indicator of availability of timber for human use. 

Croatian foresters have been managing their forests in a sustainable way for centuries already. That is why they are taking less wood from the forest than it grows anew. As they are exploiting mostly trees of lesser quality, our forests are ever more beautiful as time goes by. 

Some people worry when they see larger parts of forest cut down, for example when they drive through Slavonija. They think that foresters had cut the forest clean. They are wrong. What looks as a clearing is actually a young forest, only a few years old. And when one old oak falls down, it is to be seen as birth of a few thousand of them, who can't  live in the shaddow of their parents and who can hardly wait for their chance. That is why some tree species simply have to be managed with in a regular way, as foresters say. It is important to notice that the cut that looks like cleancut occurs on small areas, whereas on the scale of the management unit the growing stock remains the same, or even grows through years, despite exploitation. The tables of regular forests can be easily recognized by division into age classes.

The situation in the forests of Gorski kotar is different. The way of management applied in those mountain forests is called selection management and every few years there are individual mature trees taken out from the forest in order to create space for the offspring growth. The species that enable such way of managemnt are beech and fir. Taken from the outside, one thinks that the forest looks the same all the time, although in this way the quantites of exploited wood are approximately the same as in regular forests. As selection forests actually aren't ageing, their tables are divided by diameter classes.

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