Pages: 283-294 Published: 7 Jun 2016
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Abstract: The aim of this research is to study the structure and dynamics of the riparian forest which is found in Richios river. It is a river of small length in northern Greece but with great ecological and functional significance for wetland ecosystems of the wider protected area of Lakes Koronia, Volvi and Redina’s Gorge. The research area listed in the European ecological network Natura 2000, with code GR1220009 as SPA and GR1220003 as SCI. The Richios riparian forest consists of Platanus orientalis pure stands and mixed stands of Platanus orientalis, Polulus alba, Salix alba and Ulmus minor. The structure of the Richios riparian forest consists of two different stand types, pure and mixed. In the mixed type we can distinguish two trends of the riparian forest dynamics or two succession stages, a mixed softwood riparian forest and its conversion to a hardwood riparian forest. The study of different types of structure of the riparian forest aims in addition to identify the current situation of potential problems, to study the forest dynamics of it and to propose management treatment.
Keywords: riparian forest, structure, dynamic, management measures, richios river