King et al are correct in their assessment of an increase in research and management interest in early successional stages after disturbance. But their claim that “... the conservation status of species that depend on early successional forest is now widely appreciated by natural resource management agencies” merits further reflection. Etc.
Swanson, Mark E.; Franklin, Jerry F.; Beschta, Robert L.; Crisafulli, Charles M.; DellaSala, Dominick A.; Hutto, Richard; Lindenmayer, David; Swanson, Frederick J. 2011. A reply to King et al. ESA. 9(6): 320.