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Title: Supplementing forest ecosystem health projects on the ground

Author: Barbouletos, Cathy; Morelan, Lynette Z.;

Date: 1995

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)

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Description: Understanding 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.

Keywords: forest health, ecosystems, forest management, ecosystem management

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Barbouletos, 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

 


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