Hybrid Aspen and Silver Birch Stands as Potential Short Rotation Energy Forests in Hemiboreal Conditions

R. Lutter, A. Tullus, T. Tullus, J. Kraav & H. Tullus
The importance of woody biomass for producing energy is increasing rapidly in the Baltic Sea region. Short rotation forestry with fast-growing deciduous trees is considered as a potential energy wood resource, offering also alternative land use for abandoned agricultural areas. We studied above-ground biomasses (stems and branches) in 12- to 13- year-old hybrid aspen and silver birch plantations, 14- to 20-year-old naturally regenerated silver birch stands and one vegetative root sucker stand of hybrid aspen...