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Assessment of Sustainability in Intensively Managed Forested Landscapes: A Case Study in Eastern Texas

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We developed a methodology to analyze the effects of management practices on landscape structure and function to be used in the assessment of sustainability in intensively managed forest landscapes. It is based on modeling and simulation of landscape and stand structure as well as biological and physical processes. The methodology includes a landscape structure model and several forest stand-level models to simulate the dynamics of landscapes and stands as a function of management rules. It also includes habitat models to evaluate landscape quality and spatial characteristics of vertebrate habitat, and a hydrologic model to simulate water and sediment yield at the subarea and watershed levels. The application of this methodology to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program in eastern Texas indicated that this is an effective way to evaluate effects of sustainable forestry programs on landscape structure and processes. During simulation years, the habitat of pine warbler, the species used as an example to illustrate the methodology, became apparently fragmented under the SFI scenario. This fragmentation was caused mainly by narrow, forested streamside management zones dissecting pine stands and should have little negative influence on the pine warbler habitat. Sediment yield at the landscape level decreased by the implementation of SFI measures, particularly by the reduction of channel degradation. FOR. SCI. 51(4):321–333.

Keywords: SFI; Sustainable forestry; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; growth and yield models; hydrologic model; landscape model; natural resource management; natural resources

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: CIMO-Centro de Investigação de Montanha, Escola Superior Agrária Instituto Politécnico de Bragança Campus de Santa Apolónia-Apartado 1172 Bragança Portugal 5301-855 Phone: 351-273-303-341;, Fax: 351-273-325-405, Email: 2: Department of Rangeland Ecology & Management Texas A&M University College Station TX 77843-2126 Phone: (979) 845-7334, Email: 3: Department of Forest Science Texas A&M University College Station TX 77843-2135 Phone: (979) 845-2547, Email: 4: Temple-Inland PO Drawer N or 303 S. Temple Dr. Diboll TX 75941 Phone: (936) 829-1475, Email:

Publication date: 2005-08-01

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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.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
    Ranking: 16 of 66 in forestry

    Average time from submission to first decision: 62.5 days*
    June 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017

    Also published by SAF:
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