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The conference is supported by

  • the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food
  • the Slovenian Forest Institute (GIS)
  • Slovenian Forest Service (ZGS)
  • Municipality of Radlje ob Dravi
  • Slovenian State Forests
  • Association of Slovenian Forest Owners
  • the Pahernik Foundation
  • the Institute for Nature Conservation
  • University Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Forestry

30th Anniversary Annual Meeting 2019

"Forests for the future - from science to the people"

11th-14th September 2019 Radlje ob Dravi, Slovenia

The 30th anniversary meeting of Pro Silva will be in Radle ob Dravi, in the north of Slovenia, near the Austrian border.

We will present a meeting with international keynote speakers, specified excursions and workshops in the field and a lot of social events for further communication between participants. Radlje ob Darvi is the historical cradle of close-to-nature forestry in Slovenia and the nearby Pahernik Forest is one of the best exemplary forest managed by practitioners with support from scientific staff of University of Ljubljana.

Pro Silva was founded 1989 by a group of enthusiastic professionals in Slovenia (Robanov Kot, Savinja valley, Slovenia, September 22th 1989) to promote and to develop close to nature forestry with the main focus in Europe. Since then the national organisations developed and nowadays we have 20 full members, 7 members under development within Europe and 5 associated members outside of Europe (US, Brazil, India, Canada).

Conference Program

Wednesday, 11th September 2019

up to 16.00: Accommodation, registration at Radlje Castle (Koroška cesta 68, 2360 Radlje ob Dravi)

16.30: Welcome reception at Radlje Castle

Eckart Senitza – president of ProSilva - Alan Bukovnik – major of Radlje

17.30: Presentation of Pahernik's room and the Center of close to nature forest management

The first phase of the development of the centre will be presented, the historical exhibition on the beginnings of the close to nature forestry in Slovenia and in Europe.

18.30: Walk along the forest educational path Stari Grad (Old Castle)

Topics: Forest pedagogy, tourism in forest areas, thematic hiking trails, European hiking trails.

20.00 Dinner and social gathering.

Thursday, 12th September 2019

9.00 - 9.40: Hall in Radlje, opening ceremony of the event

Welcome speeches, cultural program

9.40 - 10.00: Coffee break

10.00 - 11.30: Presentations.

 Leading topic: Linking science and practice.

(1) Contemporary research in the field of ecological forestry: “From problem design to dissemination” - Prof. Dr. Klaus Puetmann (Oregon State University, USA)

(2) “Integrating practitioners into academic research for improving of close-to-nature forestry” - Dr.Peter Ammann (Fachstelle Waldbau, Lyss, Switzerland)

11.30 - 12.00: Coffee Break

12.00 – 13.15: Lectures and workshop

(3) “Thirty years of ProSilva Europe and challenges for the future” - Dr. Bill (W.L.) Mason (CCFG Continuos Cover Forestry Group, Forest Research)

(4) Survey and Discussion on the development constraints and research priorities for problem solutions

13.15 – 14:00: Lunch

14.00 - 20.00: Excursion to the Pahernik and Sgerm forest, Pohorje.

Topics: Pahernik foundation, farm selection management, freestyle silviculture, natural vegetation and environmental change, forest reserves, old trees and tree microhabitats, Sgerm spruce - the highest Norway spruce in the world.

20.00: Dinner and social gathering: Ribnica na Pohorju.

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Friday, 13th September 2019

8.30 – 16.30: Excursions

Group A - Mislinja forests: - lunch at the farmhouse

Topics: gradual conversion of the spruce monocultures, ecological management of farm and forest management of state in Slovenia, forest protection, nature conservations, wildlife management.

Group B - Lehen on the Pohorje: - Lunch in the field

Topics: autochtonous control method in the selection forests of Slovenia, forest monitoring, inventory and planning, forest health, Natura 2000, nature conservations, hunting and large carnivores

17.00 - 19.30: Pro Silva Annual Meeting 2019 – Radlje Castle

20.00: Dinner and social gathering at Water park (artificial lake).

Saturday, 14th September 2019

7:30-9:00 Driving from Radlje to Celje

9:00-15:00 Excursion to Celje Urban Forest - Lunch in the field

Topics: multifunctional forest management in the recreational areas, freestyle silviculture in urban forests, invasive and non - native species.

15:00 official end and farewells – arrival to Ljubljana at 17:30

The participants will be dropped off at Ljubjana Main Train Station and Brnik Airport.

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