If you take stand, how can you manage an ecosystem? The complex art of raising a forest.Author(s): Sally Duncan
Source: Science Findings. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. September (27): 1-5
Publication Series: Science Findings
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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DescriptionManaging whole ecosystem is a concept gaining considerable acceptance among forest managers throughout the Northwest, but it does not have a clear or simple definition. Terminology and definitions can be confusing.
Forests are complex places, formed by complex processes, and the moment we try to simplify, we are likely to damage the healthy functioning of those processes. Clearly, understanding why we are making certain management decisions can help improve ecosystem management approaches.
One wayamong manyto measure progress in ecosystem management is through monitoring certain small mammal populations, such as squirrels and chipmunks, whose abundance indicates healthy function of ecosystem processes.
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CitationDuncan, Sally. 2000. If you take stand, how can you manage an ecosystem? The complex art of raising a forest. Science Findings. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. September (27): 1-5
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