This paper reports on an initiative referred to as the Biodiversity Assessment Project (BAP). A suite of tools is being developed to assist forest managers in assessing the predicted future forest conditions of Newfoundland and Labrador’s forests under a variety of management scenarios.
Wildfires in the Middle Rio Grande bosque have likely increased in frequency due to absence of the natural flood regime and current drought conditions. Native cottonwoods (Populus spp.) do not tolerate or recover from wildfire as well as exotic vegetation, particularly salt cedar, also known as tamarisk (Tamarix spp.).
In Norway, the management of natural and cultural resources is subject to increasing public scrutiny. Conflicts are escalating over many issues concerning the balance between preservation and utilisation.
The Plant Materials Center at Aberdeen, Idaho, is operated by the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. The purpose of the Plant Materials Center is to evaluate and release plant materials for conservation use and to develop and transfer new technology for the establishment and management of plants. The Center serves portions of Nevada, Utah, California, Oregon and Idaho.
1978, voters in the Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties approved the creation of the first elected regional government, Metro to oversee land use planning and manage the urban growth boundary, and be consistent with state land use goals.
This paper presents an integrated system to support urban natural resource management. With the application of remote sensing (RS) and geographic information systems (GIS), the paper emphasizes the methodology of integrating information technology and a scientific basis to support ecosystem-based management. First, a systematic integration framework is developed and the major functionality of each component is discussed.
Plant and soil processes within a natural ecosystem interact with surface hydrology through their influence on surface roughness, soil structure, and evaporation, and through their relation with soil biota. In the Southwest, decreases in perennial grass cover and erosion on uplands and stream channels can initiate a decline in watershed condition.
An important objective of studying understory/ overstory relationships is to determine the patterns of succession or development within the understory plant community following a severe disturbance to the overstory. In 1988, a commercial fuelwood harvest was applied to a pinyon-juniper stand. The remaining noncommercial overstory was cut and lopped.
The Rocky Mountains and Southwestern United States, essentially the Colorado River Basin, have been the focus of a wide range of research efforts to learn more about the effects of natural and human induced disturbances on the functioning, processes, and components of the regions’s ecosystems.
Effects of watershed management practices on suspended sediment concentrations from ponderosa pine forests and pinyon-juniper woodlands in the Southwestern United States are examined. Completely cleared and strip-cut ponderosa pine watersheds produced higher sediment concentrations than the control. Likewise, cabled and herbicide-treated pinyon-juniper watersheds yielded higher sediment-laden streamflows than the control.