Afforestation on bare lands – example of Ibar Gorge, Serbia

  • Vladan Popović Institute of Forestry, Belgrade
  • Tatjana Ćirković-Mitrović Institute of Forestry, Belgrade
Keywords: Ibar Gorge, Barren Soil, Afforestation, Seedlings


The afforestation of bare lands, sandstone, and skeletal terrains are one of the biggest challenges forestry scientists face. These terrains are characterized by specific ecological conditions that are generally unfavorable for the growth of woody species. These are usually shallow soils, unstable, and poor in nutrients and moisture. The characteristics of these habitats make said terrains unfavorable for the regeneration of forest vegetation. It is therefore crucial for the success of afforestation to gain detailed knowledge and understanding of environmental conditions. Only after the detailed research and study of field conditions can the selection of species for afforestation, including selection of species characteristics and technology of planting, begin. Mistakes made during previous establishments of green areas are one of the main reasons some species of vascular flora have disappeared. This alone expresses the undeniable importance of knowledge on habitat specifics, work schedule, and selection of species for afforestation. With the aim to implement the future afforestation within the planned scope, it is necessary to organize an effective nursery production of seedlings with characteristics that will suit the environmental conditions of bare lands, sandstones, and skeletal terrains whose afforestation is planned.


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How to Cite
Popović, V., & Ćirković-Mitrović, T. (2016). Afforestation on bare lands – example of Ibar Gorge, Serbia. REFORESTA, 1(1), 281-299.