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Table 2 Description of the four management approaches defined in this study

From: Carbon costs and benefits of France’s biomass energy production targets

Management approach Assignation priority Criteria Current situation Management under the reference scenario
Unexploitable 1 Exploitability index is ‘impossible’ Accessibility or exploitability limited by physical constraints No thinning, no harvest
Harvest-delayed 2 Quadratic mean diameter is above the current practice clearcut diameter defined per species and fertility class Stands are over-mature No thinning, no harvest
Overstocked 3 Density index is above the threshold density index defined by species Stands have not yet reached maturity and their density is too high to be actively managed No thinning, harvest when clearcut diameter is reached
Actively managed 4 Exploitability index is ‘easy’ to ‘difficult’, quadratic mean diameter and density index are compatible with current management practices defined per species and fertility class Quadratic mean diameters and stand are in line with present-day forest management for a given species Thinning, harvest when clearcut diameter is reached