Dendrometric data for fir (Abies cephalonica) stands in Mainalon, central Peloponnese, Greece.
Abies alba and A. cephalonica, and their hybrids, comprise about one third of coniferous forests in the Peloponnese, and supply about 220 000 m3/yr, or 40%, of lumber. Tests in France have indicated that A. cephalonica from the Mainalon region is a good species for afforestation in Mediterranean areas. An account is given of the distribution (in Greece) of the species, and some results from trials established in 1965 in the central Peloponnese are tabulated. Trial plots were managed as evenaged (control, in a 60-yr-old stand) or unevenaged (selection system or group selection system) stands. Data suggest that mean annual increment rate on medium quality sites is between 5.3 and 5.7 m3/ha, and about 9.0 m3/ha on good quality sites, for managed stands.