Skip to Main Content
U.S. Forest Service
Caring for the land and serving people

United States Department of Agriculture

Home > Search > Publication Information

  1. Share via EmailShare on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on Twitter
    Dislike this pubLike this pub
    Author(s): Lena Gustafsson; Susan C. Baker; Jurgen Bauhus; William J. Beese; Angus Brodie; Jari Kouki; David B. Lindenmayer; Asko Lohmus; Guillermo Martinez Pastur; Christian Messier; Mark Neyland; Brian J. Palik; Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson; W. Jan A. Volney; Adrian Wayne; Jeffrey F. Franklin
    Date: 2012
    Source: Bioscience
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Northern Research Station
    PDF: View PDF  (558.0 KB)

    Description

    The majority of the world's forests are used for multiple purposes, which often include the potentially conflicting goals of timber production and biodiversity conservation. A scientifically validated management approach that can reduce such conflicts is retention forestry, an approach modeled on natural processes, which emerged in the last 25 years as an alternative to clearcutting. A portion of the original stand is left unlogged to maintain the continuity of structural and compositional diversity. We detail retention forestry's ecological role, review its current practices, and summarize the large research base on the subject. Retention forestry is applicable to all forest biomes, complements conservation in reserves, and represents bottom-up conservation through forest manager involvement. A research challenge is to identify thresholds for retention amounts to achieve desired outcomes. We define key issues for future development and link retention forestry with land-zoning allocation at various scales, expanding its uses to forest restoration and the management of uneven-age forests.

    Publication Notes

    • Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
    • Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat.
    • During the capture process some typographical errors may occur.
    • Please contact Sharon Hobrla, shobrla@fs.fed.us if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
    • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
    • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.

    Citation

    Gustafsson, Lena; Baker, Susan C.; Bauhus, Jürgen; Beese, William J.; Brodie, Angus; Kouki, Jari; Lindenmayer, David B.; Lõhmus, Asko; Pastur, Guillermo Martínez; Messier, Christian; Neyland, Mark; Palik, Brian; Sverdrup-Thygeson, Anne; Volney, W. Jan A.; Wayne, Adrian; Franklin, Jerry F. 2012. Retention forestry to maintain multifunctional forests: A world perspective. BioScience. 62(7): 633-645.

    Cited

    Google Scholar

    Keywords

    biodiversity, ecology, conservation, forestry

    Related Search


    XML: View XML
Show More
Show Fewer
Jump to Top of Page
https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/56546