553 Tawa, Shibecha-cho, Kawakami-gun, Hokkaido, 088-2339
Tel. +81-15-485-2637 Fax. +81-15-485-4016
8-1-10 Nishinijo-kita, Shiranuka-cho, Shiranuka-gun, Hokkaido, 088-0322
Tel. +81-1547-2-5701 Fax. +81-1547-9-2037
Chief, Associate Professor
TATENO, Ryunosuke, D.Agr. (Kyoto Univ.), Forest Ecology (Nutrient cycling, Plant N use, Carbon allocation, Gene flow etc)
Junior Associate Professor
KOBAYASHI, Kazuya, D.Agr. (Hokkaido Univ.), Evolutionary Ecology
NAKANISHI, Asami, M. Agr., (Kyoto Univ.), Forest Ecology, Nutrient Cycling, Litterfall
This forest is composed of two parts, Shibecha (1,447ha) and Shiranuka (880ha). These forests are located in the eastern part of Hokkaido Prefecture and are situated close to three national parks: Akan, Shiretoko, and Kushiro-Shitsugen. The climate is greatly influenced by the Pacific Ocean. Consequently it is characterized by sea fog and cloudy weather in summer, and cold (min. temp. -30 deg. C and dry winter. The annual mean temperature and the annual precipitation are 5.7 deg. C and 1,157mm in Shibecha, and 7.3 deg. C and 1,318mm in Shiranuka respectively.
Three quarters of Shibecha forest is covered with natural deciduous broad-leaved trees and the rest is artificial forests, such as Larix kaempferi. Though the vegetation type is secondary forest, it is of great value since very few natural forests remain in the Konsen district. Shiranuka forest is mostly natural mixed stands with conifers and deciduous broad-leaved trees.
The main subjects of research are the stand dynamics of natural forests and the improvement of silvicultural techniques. Field practice for students involving the classification of vegetation in the eastern part of Hokkaido, methods of thinning, and investigation of the structure of snow and ice is available three times a year, during summer and winter.