Rural land consolidation and management – the Polish dilemmas. Part 2
Jan Siuta 1  
,  
 
 
More details
Hide details
1
Honorowy Prezes Polskiego Towarzystwa Inżynierii Ekologicznej, Instytut Ochrony Środowiska – Państwowy Instytut Badawczy, ul. Krucza 5/11, 05-548 Warszawa
2
Instytut Ochrony Środowiska – Państwowy Instytut Badawczy, ul. Krucza 5/11, 05-548 Warszawa
Publish date: 2018-08-01
 
Inż. Ekolog. 2018; 4:1–11
KEYWORDS:
TOPICS:
ABSTRACT:
The structure of the agro-forest space in Poland is defective, especially in the central and eastern part of the country. This is visible, in particular, in the case of soil cover structure. Even the weakest quality sandy soils provide conditions to create a quite good forest habitats, whereas under farm use they are easily transformed into moving sands. The very low level of biological effectiveness of the weakest sandy soils means that plant production is already below the limit of economic efficiency. As technology has been modernized and plant production costs reduced, cultivation of the poorest sand soils will become completely unprofitable. Criteria for assessing the need to increase forest cover can be build upon soil, economical and recreational reasons. Based on indicators for valorising the agricultural production space and forest cover in 1980, the percentage deficit of forest cover by municipality was calculated and presented in the map of Poland, in the scale of 1: 1,000,000. The comparison of forest cover and its deficit in 1980 with forest cover in 2016 clearly proves that forest cover has increased more in areas with high and very high forest cover, and to a lesser extent in regions having high and very high forest deficit, especially in Łódzkie, Lubelskie, Mazowieckie and Kujawsko-Pomorskie provinces.
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:
Jan Siuta   
Instytut Ochrony Środowiska – Państwowy Instytut Badawczy, ul. Krucza 5/11, 05-548 Warszawa