United States Department of Agriculture
In our lab, we work under the ecological paradigm that ecosystem properties on the landscape are continuously emerging over space and time. This concept has huge implications for land managers, showing that management needs to be a dynamic problem-solving process rather than one of stand-level prescriptions and static reserves. Our research has helped to change the way managers think about and manage forests and grasslands. It has demonstrated the need to revise static reserve strategies in disturbance-prone dry forests, describing instead a whole-landscape conservation model. Prior to our research efforts, restoration of fire-prone forests was defined at the stand scale, usually as a simple re-creation of site-specific conditions believed to have existed there a century prior. Our work has radically shifted the frame from the stand to the landscape and connected pattern to process, transforming the discussion from ‘Which trees should we leave?’ to ‘How do we create an appropriate pattern on the landscape?’ This research has enabled stakeholders, scientists, and managers to work together to restore the conditions that support characteristic fire and sustain ecosystem complexity, concepts that will influence the future of national forest management for years to come.
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