The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest Snow and Landscape Research WSL

C21 Val di Susa

Management of multifunctional forests in the heart of the western Italian Alps

General information on the forests of the Upper Susa Valley Forest Consortium.

Total forest area 18 600 ha
Total volume Up to 500 m3/ha
Annual growth Up to 2.2 m3/ha
Annual cutting rate 3000 m3
Main management types Group and single tree selection cutting, group cutting
Deadwood Up to 20 m3/ha
Elevation 600–2400 m a.s.l.
Climate Mean annual temperature 7.4°C (range 2.9–10.1 °C), annual precipitation 960 mm (range 650–1350 mm)
Soil Predominantly brown soils, generally slightly evolved
Ownership 70 % public, 30 % private
Protected areas 3985 ha
Natura 2000 areas 9232 ha
Protection forests 4500 ha