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SILVAH: managers and scientists working together to improve research and managementAuthor(s): Susan L Stout; Patrick H. Brose
Source: In Waldrop, Thomas A., ed. Proceedings, Wildland fire in the Appalachians: discussions among managers and scientists. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-199. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station: 184-192.
Publication Series: Paper (invited, offered, keynote)
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionSILVAH is a systematic approach to silvicultural prescription development based on inventory and analysis of stand data for Allegheny hardwood, northern hardwood, and mixed oak forests. SILVAH includes annual training sessions and decision support software, and it ensures a consistent, complete, and objective approach to prescriptions. SILVAH has created a community of practice with common vocabulary and framework for assessing forest stands. Lessons learned from thirty years of research-manager cooperation may be relevant to the work of the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists. Managers benefit in at least three ways from participation in the SILVAH community of practice: their prescriptions are demonstrably based on data and science and are internally consistent; relationships with scientists help attract research attention to emerging problems; and they have access to lessons learned by other managers using SILVAH. Scientists also benefit: they have confidence that their work is on problems of high priority to managers; their impact is increased by early adoption of research by managers; the scale and scope of forest observation is increased by the community of observers sharing a common framework and vocabulary; and managers are often able and willing to help locate appropriate study sites and provide in-kind services, such as treatment applications.
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CitationStout, Susan L; Brose, Patrick H. 2014. SILVAH: managers and scientists working together to improve research and management. In Waldrop, Thomas A., ed. Proceedings, Wildland fire in the Appalachians: discussions among managers and scientists. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-199. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station: 184-192.
- The SILVAH saga: 40+ years of collaborative hardwood research and management highlight silviculture
- Expanding the SILVAH decision support system to be applicable to the mixed-oak forests of the mid-Atlantic region
- The carbon consequences of thinning Allegheny hardwoods: Lessons learned from a study designed to inform SILVAH development
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