Field trip

Friday, 27 September

During EFI 20 Years Science and Policy Forum, participants had an opportunity to discover forests around Nancy and the Centre of the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in Nancy, Lorraine.

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Dendrometric measurements, Forêt d'Amance (around Nancy)

All-day field trip - Forêt de Haye                                                                               

The all-day field trip focuses on risks, changes in productivity and management strategies related to windstorms, with a visit to the forest ‘Forêt de Haye’, 15 km west of Nancy.

On 26 December 1999, storm Lothar swept across Lorraine’s forests, causing major damage. More than 30 million m3 of timber was blown down.

How was this disaster managed at the time? And almost 15 years later, how is the region dealing with such a risk? What has changed in forest management strategies?

(starting at approx. 8:15 and returning to Nancy city centre by 16:00) 

Guide: Jérôme Bock – Office National des Forêts (ONF) 

1) Departure from the meeting point: Parking SNCF - Nancy (near the railway station)
Here you will find a map with the location of the meeting point.

2) Three site visits in Forêt de Haye: 

• Visit to an experimental study site monitoring stands which have naturally regenerated after the storm. The study site evaluates silvicultural interventions with the aim of favouring species diversity, as beech is dominant in the Forêt de Haye.

• Visit to an experimental study site which treats young stands with strong local thinnings around the best stems.
• Visit to the experimental study site created by the LERFoB laboratory (Laboratoire d’Etude des Ressources Forêt-Bois - AgroParisTech/INRA) to evaluate the effect of chronic wind on growth. This will present the project FOR-WIND, financed by the French National Research Agency (ANR Agrobiosphere 2012).

3) Lunch at the ONF campus at Velaine-en-Haye and a presentation on the 1999 windstorm (evaluation and discussion).

4) Visit to old permanent plots on Frouard’s road: an example of contrasted silvicultural pathways in dense high forests.

5) Around 15:30 - Return to meeting point, Parking SNCF - Nancy (near the railway station). 

The field trip is organised by the ONF and the LERFoB laboratory, a joint research unit from INRA and AgroParisTech.

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Half-day field trip - INRA Nancy Lorraine Research Centre                                      

The half-day field trip takes us to the INRA Nancy-Lorraine Research Centre  in Champenoux, about 15km from the centre of Nancy.

(starting at approx. 8:15 and ending at approx. 12:30) 

1) Departure from the meeting point: Parking SNCF - Nancy (near the railway station)
Here you will find a map with the location of the meeting point. 

2) Presentation of INRA’s main research priorities and of the Laboratory of Excellence "ARBRE" at Champenoux. 

3) Exploration of the research facilities at Champenoux which concentrate on forest and wood sciences. The facilities include technical platforms for wood sciences (tomography, Lidar), ecology (mass spectrometry, nutrient cycling and microscopy) and eco-genomics of micro-organisms. 

4) Visit to the 100-year-old Arboretum of Champenoux. 

5) Visit to the new wood-frame research building at Champenoux, with a presentation about the architecture of the building.

A lunch box will be provided to delegates. The visit will end at approx. 12:30 and shuttles will transport the delegates either to the main railway station at Nancy (direction Paris) or the Lorraine TGV station (direction Charles De Gaulle airport at Roissy-Paris).

The half-day field trip is organised by the INRA Nancy-Lorraine Research Centre and the Labex ARBRE.

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