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    This dataset has been developed during the A2 Action of the SelPiBio LIFE project ( The main aim of this project is demonstrate the effects of two thinning regimes, selective and from below, on soil biodiversity in young black pine stands. To evaluate the effect of thinning on analysed pinewoods, eighteen monitoring areas of 1 ha each were designed and realized across two study areas in Tuscany (Central Italy), the Pratomagno mountain chain and the Monte Amiata (Fig.1). In each study area, 27 circular plots of 15 metres of radius were geo-referenced (3 for each monitoring area). All the included trees were measured and data were collected between 2015 and early 2016 to characterize the horizontal and vertical structure of studied forests.