Harvesting Systems for Poplar Medium Rotation Forestry

R. Spinelli & G. Picchi
Poplar short rotation coppice (SRC) is a commercial reality in Italy since the beginning of the century. Typical Italian SRC plantation has a density of about 5-6.000 plants per hectare in single rows and is harvested every other year. The experience gained in the last 10 years by bioenergy entrepreneurs lead to a new concept of plantations, known as medium rotation coppice (MRC) where the rotation is increased to 5-6 years and density is reduced...