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Restoration and management of forests for future climate changes in Wisconsin, USA

Informally Refereed
Authors: Brice Hanberry, Daniel Dey
Year: 2021
Type: Miscellaneous
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
Source: Lake States Fire Science Consortium Research Brief

Abstract

Accurate knowledge of the historical characteristics of forest ecosystems is important because it provides baseline information for research and management, and a reference point for guiding restoration treatments. Wisconsin forests have undergone drastic changes in structure after Euro-American settlement due to logging, selective cutting, and fire exclusion. Currently, no literature quantifies and maps forest density and other structural metrics at scales for restoration of historical forest ecosystems. Therefore, Hanberry and Dey (2019) used historical surveys to reconstruct historical forests of Wisconsin along ecological divisions (Eastern Broadleaf Forest division − Southern Wisconsin and Northern Mixed Forest division − Northern Wisconsin) and sectional land type scales and compared them to the current forest ecosystem.

Citation

Hanberry, Brice; Dey, Daniel. 2021. Restoration and management of forests for future climate changes in Wisconsin, USA. Lake States Fire Science Consortium Research Brief RB-21-4. 2 p.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/research/treesearch/65331