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Forest development leading to disturbancesAuthor(s): Clinton E. Carlson; Stephen F. Arno; Jimmie Chew; Catherine A. Stewart
Source: In: L. G. Eskew, comp. Forest health through silviculture: proceedings of the 1995 National Silviculture Workshop, Mescalero, New Mexico, May 8-11, 1995. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-267. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station: 26-36
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station
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DescriptionNatural disturbance in western U.S.A. forest ecosystems is related to forest succession, growth, and structural development. Natural disturbance may be biotic (insects and diseases) or abiotic (fire, wind, avalanche, etc.). Natural disturbances are more appropriately thought of as natural processes; disturbance is a social connotation implicating economic loss. Forest development influences the amplitude of natural processes, which in turn influences forest development. Understanding balances among ecological processes, and how these processes influence wildlife, timber, and other valued resources is becoming increasingly important for land managers. We can use currently available vegetation management tools and concepts to keep some of the natural disturbances within socially acceptable limits. This is the role and responsibility of silviculture in ecosystem-based forest management.
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CitationCarlson, Clinton E.; Arno, Stephen F.; Chew, Jimmie; Stewart, Catherine A. 1995. Forest development leading to disturbances. In: L. G. Eskew, comp. Forest health through silviculture: proceedings of the 1995 National Silviculture Workshop, Mescalero, New Mexico, May 8-11, 1995. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-267. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station: 26-36
Keywordsforest health, forest ecology, insects, diseases, forest fires, ecological disturbance, forest management, development
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