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A WebGIS tool to support forest management at regional and local scale

Luca Cadez (1-2)   , Francesca Giannetti (3), Alberto De Luca (4), Antonio Tomao (1), Gherardo Chirici (3), Giorgio Alberti (1-5)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 16, Issue 6, Pages 361-367 (2023)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor4445-016
Published: Dec 13, 2023 - Copyright © 2023 SISEF

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One of the most important obstacles for taking advantage of forest resources in the Italian Alps is represented by the high level of private properties fragmentation and by their small size. Thus, there is an urgent need for tools to support single or multi-forest owners to gain reliable and updated information on their forest stands so that the proper silvicultural activities following all the existing regulations can be adopted. The present research was aimed at promoting a shared management of small private forest properties in the mountainous area of Friuli Venezia Giulia (NE Italy) through the implementation of a new WebGIS tool to support forest decisions and management at different spatial scales. This new tool was developed updating and merging together different available information sources (e.g., tree species composition, the presence of protected areas, forest roads, etc.) with ad-hoc elaborated layers (e.g., standing volume, annual increment of volume, forest accessibility, etc.), also elaborating a cost analysis related to the different possible harvesting methods. The tool allows queries at the level of either a single or a group of cadastral parcels to obtain data in a format, which can be used for filling in the planning document requested by the regional authorities.


Forest Decision Support System, WebGIS, Forestry, Accessibility, Volume Estimation

Authors’ address

Luca Cadez 0000-0003-0232-0254
Antonio Tomao 0000-0001-6656-400x
Giorgio Alberti 0000-0003-2422-3009
Department of Agricultural, Food, Environmental and Animal Sciences, University of Udine, I-33100 Udine (Italy)
Luca Cadez 0000-0003-0232-0254
Department of Life Sciences, University of Trieste, I-34127 Trieste (Italy)
Francesca Giannetti 0000-0002-4590-827x
Gherardo Chirici 0000-0002-0669-5726
Department of Agricultural, Food, Environmental and Forestry Sciences and Technologies, University of Florence, I-50145 Firenze (Italy)
Alberto De Luca
Adl.cloud, I-33100 Udine (Italy)
Giorgio Alberti 0000-0003-2422-3009
Faculty of Agriculture, Environmental and Food Sciences, Free University of Bolzano, I-39100 Bolzano (Italy)

Corresponding author

Luca Cadez


Cadez L, Giannetti F, De Luca A, Tomao A, Chirici G, Alberti G (2023). A WebGIS tool to support forest management at regional and local scale. iForest 16: 361-367. - doi: 10.3832/ifor4445-016

Academic Editor

Marco Borghetti

Paper history

Received: Aug 09, 2023
Accepted: Oct 16, 2023

First online: Dec 13, 2023
Publication Date: Dec 31, 2023
Publication Time: 1.93 months

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