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Supplementing forest ecosystem health projects on the groundAuthor(s): Cathy Barbouletos; Lynette Z. Morelan
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: 227-231
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station
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DescriptionUnderstanding the functions and processes of ecosystems is critical before implementing forest ecosystem health projects on the landscape. Silvicultural treatments such as thinning, prescribed fire, and reforestation can simulate disturbance regimes and landscape patterns that have regulated forest ecosystems for centuries. As land managers we need to understand these processes, including historical disturbance regimes and then determine where on the landscape the forests are at high risk to uncharacteristic disturbances. By using our knowledge of ecosystem processes we are developing site specific management actions such as the Deadwood Ecosystem project. Management activities from the Deadwood EM project wili provide for sustainable ecosystems in the future because these activities simulate disturbance regimes and landscape patterns of the past. Monitoring, adaptive management, and the human dimension must become key components of ecosystem management if we are to fulfill our role as land stewards and leaders in conservation biology.
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CitationBarbouletos, Cathy; Morelan, Lynette Z. 1995. Supplementing forest ecosystem health projects on the ground. 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: 227-231
Keywordsforest health, ecosystems, forest management, ecosystem management
- Use of landscape simulation modeling to quantify resilience for ecological applications
- Using a decision support system to estimate departures of present forest landscape patterns from historical reference conditionan example from the inland Northwest region of the United States.
- Fire in southern forest landscapes
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