Thu 25 February 2021
- Fri 26 February 2021

Digital ALPTREES Conference 2021

Sustainable Use and Management of Non-Native Trees in Urban, Peri-Urban and Forest Ecosystems in the Alpine Region

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Digital ALPTREES Conference
February 25th and 26th, 2021

The first digital conference on the Sustainable Use and Management of Non-Native Trees in Urban, Peri-Urban, and Forest Ecosystems in the Alpine Region will take place on February 25th and 26th 2021, online via Zoom.

Registration - Please register here for the conference:

The ALPTREES Conference Program

The LINK to the ZOOM conference Room will be send to the registered participants!

DAY 1 - 25th of February
Plenary session with Keynote Presentations & Discussion
Chairs: Katharina Lapin (BFW, Austria) + Florian Kraxner (IIASA, Austria)

10:00 - Welcome // Peter Mayer, Director of the Austrian Research Centre for Forests

10:15 - Mountain forests: A priority for the Alpine Convention // Wolfger Mayrhofer, Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention

10:40 - Tree species to keep up with climate change comparatively tested in 57 plantations in Switzerland  // Thomas Wohlgemuth, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL

11:00 - Assisted migration of tree species and seed provenances as means to improve forest resilience in climate change // Silvio Schueler, Austrian Research Centre for Forests

11:15 - Awareness raising and participation of citizen scientists in the early detection of alien species in forests // Maarten de Groot, Slovenian Forestry Institute

11:30 – Discussion


11:30 - 12:30 Virtual Coffee Break
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12:30 - 14:00 Session 1 | RISKS of invasive Trees
Chair: Anja Bindewald (FVA, Germany)

12:30 – Framework for site-specific risk assessment for the responsible management and use of non-native trees in European forests // Anja Bindewald, Department of Forest Conservation, Forest Research Institute of Baden-Württemberg (FVA)

12:45 – Testing of Site-Specific Risk Assessment methodology on non-native tree species in the pilot area of Gorenjska region (Slovenia) // Ana Dolenc, Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation

13:00  ̶ Fraxinus pennsylvanica Marsh. in German alluvial hardwood forests: Ecological hazard or only legal issue? // Sebastian Dittrich, TU Dresden - FR Forstwissenschaften

13:15 – Spread of invasive tree species – what we can learn from natural regeneration assessment? // Marcin Dyderski, Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences

13:30 - Black Cherry - impact perception and management options // Uwe Starfinger, Julius Kühn Institut, Braunschweig, DE

13:45 – Black Cherry (Prunus serotina), a decision tree // Bart Nyssen, Bosgroep Zuid Nederland & KU Leuven


Virtual Coffee Break
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15:00 - 17:00 Session 2 | MANAGEMENT of NON-NATIVE TREES

Chair: Aleksander Marinšek (SFI, Slovenia) + Sonia Abluton (LAMORO, Italy)

15:00 – Basic Principles of Non-Native Trees Management In Forest And Urban Area // Aleksander Marinšek, Slovenian Forestry Institute (SFI)

15:15 – Stand-level growth and drought tolerance of Douglas fir, black pine and Atlas cedar on a dry site in western Switzerland // Jan Geyer, FVA Baden-Württemberg, Germany

15:30 – “Plattform klimafitter Wald” - Preparing forest owners for climate change // Viktoria Valenta, Austrian Research Centre for Forests

15:45 – Non-native trees wood products in the Alpine Space: A qualitative analysis of their uses and economic values // Camila Maciel Viana, University of Life Sciences, Vienna - Institute of Marketing and Innovation

16:00 - NNTs in Italian forests with particular attention to the situation in Italian Alpine Space // Nicola La Porta, Centre of Research and Innovation, Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy

16:15 – Alien tree species in Piedmont (NW Italy): impacts and management best practices in forest //Andrea Ebone, Istituto per la Piante da Legno e l'Ambiente, Italy

16:30 – 16:40 EUSALP forestry activities: fostering dialogue in view of the new European Forestry Strategy // Gian Antonio Battistel and Christian Hoffmann, EUSALP-Task Force on "Multifunctional Forest and Sustainable Use of Timber".


9:30 - 11:30 POLICY WORKSHOP | Developing a strategy for the sutainable use of non-native trees
Chairs: Berger Frederic (INRAE, France) + Reneema Hazarika (BFW, Austria)

9:30 - Understanding stakeholder knowledge on risks and benefits for managing Non-Native tree species in the Alpine Space // Reneema Hazrika (Austrian Research Centre for Forests)

9:45 - NNT and the forest ecosystems service of natural risks prevention: the example of rockfall risk - Allies or enemies? // Berger Frederic, INRAE

10:00 Breakout session >>Work in Groups & Discussion<<

11:00 – Synthesis

11:30 - 13:00 Virtual Coffee Break

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13:00 - 14:30 Session 3 | UNDER 18 Session
Chairs: Petra Meisel + Margaret Cater

>>Discussions in groups and activities of and for under 18 citizens<<


Virtual Coffee Break
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Plenary session with Keynote Presentations & Discussion on February 26th

Chairs: Katharina Lapin (BFW) + Florian Kraxner (IIASA)

15:00 – Welcome to the afternoon plenary session!

15:05 - IUFRO - How to get connected // Andreas Schindlbacher, BFW, Austria

15:15 - Citizen science for non-native trees observation in Alpine region // Dmitry Schepaschenko, IIASA, Austria

15:40 - Leaf functional traits as bio-indicators of urban environment impact on trees // Srđan Stojnić, Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

16:00 - Can trees be used in monitoring atmospheric fine particulate? // Paula Ballikaya, WSL Swiss Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland

16:20 - Eat the Trees - How non-native trees could diversify our food and beyond // Artur Cisar-Erlach, Austria

16:45 – Discussion

17:00 Closing


Looking forward to meeting soon online!



Contact persons

If you need any information concerning the conference or the draft agenda, please feel free to write an email to the contact persons: Nicola la Porta ( or Katharina Lapin ( Visit our homepage, where the full program description will be available: