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ŠUMARSKI LIST 7-8/1986 str. 102     <-- 102 -->        PDF

The scope of scientific research encompasses the following investigations:

— Heredity and breeding of particular traits in forest trees.
-— Interspecific hybridization and the problem of incompatibility of Austrian
and scdtch pine.

— Study of seed husbandry and clonal seed orchards.
— Breeding of the fast-growing deciduous species.
— Clonal forestry.
— Specialized production of biomass in short rotations.
— Influence of alder-fixed nitrogen on the growth of clones in willow.
Student´s needs are met by numerous textbooks, mimeographed notes and
professional publications.

Prof. Dr. Slavko Matić

The current Situation, and History of Development, in Croatian Forestry Practice
and Science

Forestry, and the cultivation of forests in Croatia, has a long rich tradition.
The science of forestry and cultivation of forests in Croatia, as well as in central
Europe, originated two centuries ago from fear that because of uncontrolled
usage, cultivated forests — which have, and still, provided raw material — would

As a result of this, at the initiation of domestic foresters, the Forestry Society
was founded in 1846, and subsequently in 1860 the Forestry School in Križevci
— from which the Faculty of Forestry in Zagreb evolved. Each of these
institutions was the first founded in this part of Europe, and played a very
important role protecting forests in this area against careless exploitation and
colonial felling.

An important date in the development of the cultivation of forestry in Croatia
was 1877. This was when the publication of the specialist magazine »Šumarski
List« (Forestry Journal) began, and went on being published for 110 years.
Contributions on science and practice are made by well-known forestry experts.

The Faculty of Forestry in Zagreb has had a very strong influence on the
development of forest cultivation. Its first deacon and chairman. A Petraeić, gave
professors of cultivation encouragement in establishing and developing the Zagreb
School of Forest Cultivation.

The natural elements, rejuoVenation, observation of complex eco-system elements
and processes in the forest are the fundamental base of scientific thought in
this school. Followers of A. Petračića and other members of the forest cultivation
fellowship, M Anić, I Dekanić, S Matić, B Prpie, D Rauš, and others, were
followed by an established school of throught which developed in harmony with
the times in which they found themselves.

The field of cultivating forests included forest seeding, seedling production,
planting, protection and restoration of forestry culture, and work on rejuvenation
and care of natural elements.