The Experimental Station of San Pietro Avellana (Isernia - Italy) is heir to the research activities of the former “Sezione operativa periferica di San Pietro Avellana”.
Since 1967 the Experimental Station has been established a network of research forests where it has been set out 35 permanent experimental protocol consisting of some hundred of plots. These research forests embrace different climatic and vegetation zones. These research activities are realized in field, thanks to the cooperation of several different administrative bodies (CFS-State Forest Corp, Regions, Comunità montane, Municipalities) and private forest owners.
Besides, in Contrada Feudozzo - Montedimezzo, the Experiemental Station manages a research forest and a forest nursery owned by CRA.
Improvement of silvicultural practises testing different treatments about some main species of the middle Apennine (Quercus cerris, Fagus sylvatica, Abies alba).
Maintainance and management of forest genetic resources collections in situ and ex situ (Abies cephalonica, Abies Alba, Pinus halepensis, Pinus radiata, Pinus brutii, Pinus eldarica, Quercus cerris, Prunus avium, Alnus nigra, Alnus cordata).
Development of methods and DSS/GIS based tools (ProgettoBosco Assestamento e ProgettoBosco Territorio - www.progettobosco.it) to support monitoring, planning and management of multifunctional forests at property and landscape level. The goals within multi-scale forest planning are: support public participation and stakeholders involvement, integrate with certification procedures, participation processes, EU-guidelines Nature 2000, etc.., find reliable tools and methods for assessing forest different functions (monetary and non-monetary), implement transparent and retraceable procedures in order to produce efficient and easily updateable information systems, provide alternative solutions to support policy makers’ decisions