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Issues In Ecology, Issue 06: Applying Ecological Principles to the Management of U.S. Forests

In this report forests are presented as very dynamic ecosystems, and processes such as nutrient cycling, nitrogen saturation, sedimentation, erosion, and forest fragmentation are described. Ecological processes, such as disturbance and succession, are described in relation to forest management. Ecological and economic values and their societal implications are compared. Alternatives to conventional timber harvesting, in efforts to conserve biodiversity, as well as landscape and structure complexity are discussed. The report also discusses deforestation as a contributor to global warming, and allowing naturally occurring ecological disturbances in sustainable timber harvesting practices. Issues in Ecology is an ongoing series of reports designed to present major ecological issues in an easy-to-read manner. This Issue summarizes the consensus of a panel of scientific experts based on the information that was current and available at the time of its publication in 2000.
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Resource Group This resource is part of ESA's Issues in Ecology series.
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Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords Soil, management, Nutrient Cycling, Logging, Sedimentation, Erosion, Biodiversity, Forests, Gragmentation, Reserves, Wildfire, Silviculture, report
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Pedagogical Use Description This report can be used for general information, classroom reading and discussion, and as a springboard for more information research. The report illustrates applications of ecology as it relates to our society and environment.
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Full Name of Primary Author John Aber
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Primary Author Affiliation Complex Systems Research Center, E.O.S., University
of New Hampshire
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Secondary Author Name(s) Norman Christensen, Ivan Fernandez, Jerry Franklin, et al.
Secondary Author Affiliation(s) Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke

Department of Applied Ecology and Environmental
Sciences, University of Maine

College of Forest Resources, University of Washington
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Rights Copyright 2008 by John Aber , Norman Christensen, Ivan Fernandez, Jerry Franklin, Lori Hidinger, Malcolm Hunter,
James MacMahon, David Mladenoff, John Pastor, David Perry, Ron Slangen, Helga van Miegroet, and the Ecological Society of America.
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Drought and Water Ecosystem Services Collection Off
Conservation Targets Under Global Change Collection Off
Big Data Collection Off
Editors Choice No
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Date Of Record Submission 2008-01-10
I Agree to EcoEdDL's Copyright Policy & Terms of Use No
Date Of Record Release 2011-08-24 16:36:45
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Date Last Modified 2015-03-12 09:00:54
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