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    Author(s): John Kotar
    Date: 1997
    Source: NR-604. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    Description

    The management philosophy advocated by many public agencies today has become known as "ecosystem management." Under this philosophy, maintenance of ecosystem structure and functions becomes the primary goal, while production of commodities and services is viewed as a useful byproduct. However, any effort to assure sustainability and health of American forests can be expected to succeed only if private ownerships, which comprise the majority of forest land, are included. Following this reasoning, it becomes immediately obvious that for realistic application of ecological principles to forest management on private ownerships, the owners' goals and management objectives must be kept in the forefront. They cannot become secondary concerns. This publication is aimed at natural resource professionals who prepare forest management plans for private landowners. However, the ecological concepts presented apply to all ownerships.

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    Citation

    Kotar, John 1997. Approaches to Ecologically Based Forest Management on Private Lands. NR-604. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.

    Keywords

    Forest resources, ecosystems, natural and managed forests, forest health.

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