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Landscape silviculture for late-successional reserve managementAuthor(s): S Hummel; R.J. Barbour
Source: In: Powers, Robert F., tech. editor. Restoring fire-adapted ecosystems: proceedings of the 2005 national silviculture workshop. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-203, Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture: p. 157-169
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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DescriptionThe effects of different combinations of multiple, variable-intensity silvicultural treatments on fire and habitat management objectives were evaluated for a ±6,000 ha forest reserve using simulation models and optimization techniques. Our methods help identify areas within the reserve where opportunities exist to minimize conflict between the dual landscape objectives. Results suggest that most of the trees removed by silvicultural treatments designed to support fire and habitat objectives, while generating enough revenue to break-even, would be medium-sized (17-40 cm), shade-tolerant conifers. The study produced information that was used by a planning team on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to develop stand-level treatments based on mid-scale landscape patterns. New contracting authorities give the Forest Service ways to offer sales that support landscape management objectives in the reserve, but the contracts are time-consuming to prepare and award. Implementation of a stewardship contract associated with the study reserve is scheduled to begin in summer 2006.
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CitationHummel, S; Barbour, R.J. 2007. Landscape silviculture for late-successional reserve management. In: Powers, Robert F., tech. editor. Restoring fire-adapted ecosystems: proceedings of the 2005 national silviculture workshop. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-203, Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture: p. 157-169
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