Abstract: The aim at this first phase of the project is to assess the potential to provide forage for moose (Alces alces) through adapted forestry in order to reduce damage to forests while maintaining a productive and relatively large moose population. Emphasis has been forage provision from tops and branches after winter felling of pine (Pinus sylvestris). It was shown in a field experiment that adapted logging methods can provide much food for moose, and that methods leaving big tops (12 cm diameter instead of ordinary 5 cm) and, probably, to leave whole trees over winter made most forage available for moose. Utilisation of the forage varied between forest stands from 2 to 74 %, and we can currently not explain the large variation.

 

A report on the first phase of the project will be sent upon request.

 

Pine branch moose eaten

On some tops of pine, all twigs may be eaten by moose. Photo: C. Skarpe

Publications

Felled Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) as supplemental forage for moose (Alces alces): Browse availability and utilization. Johan Månsson, Roger Bergström, Åke Pehrson, Mariana Skoglund & Christina Skarpe. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 2010 25: 21-31

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