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Human Demographic Trends and Landscape Level Forest Management in the Northwest Wisconsin Pine Barrens

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The effects of landscape pattern on forest ecosystems have been a recent focus in forest science. Forest managers are increasingly considering landscape level processes in their management. Natural disturbance patterns provide one baseline for such management. What has been largely ignored is the pattern of human habitation patterns (i.e., housing), on landscapes. The objective of this study is to discuss landscape level management options for the northwest Wisconsin Pine Barrens based on both landscape ecology and the human demographics of the region. Using the 1990 U. S. Decennial Census we examined current housing density, seasonal housing unit concentration, historic housing density change and projected future housing densities. These data were related to land cover and land ownership data using a GIS. Housing density increase was particularly pronounced in the central Pine Barrens, an area where seasonal housing units are common. Lakes and streams were more abundant in areas that exhibited highest growth. Within national forest lands, 80% of the area contained no housing units. In contrast, only 12% of the area in small private land ownership contained no housing. These results are integrated with previous studies of presettlement vegetation and landscape change to discuss landscape level management suggestions for the Pine Barrens. For. Sci. 47(2):229–241.
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Keywords: Census data; Wisconsin Pine Barrens; demographics; ecosystem management; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; landscape ecology; natural resource management; natural resources

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 1630 Linden Dr., University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, 53706, Phone: (608) 263-4349; Fax: (608) 262-9922 [email protected] 2: Department of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin—Madison 3: Department of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin—Madison, and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria 4: Department of Forest Ecology and Management, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Publication date: 2001-05-01

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
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