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Coarse Woody Debris: Humans and Nature Competing for Trees

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Dead wood is usually the last thing foresters and forest products companies want to see in their forests. However, before humans discovered so many practical uses of wood, dead and dying trees were basic to forest development. Not surprisingly, many plants and animals evolved dependencies on dead wood. Today, with maintaining biodiversity a primary goal of forest management, foresters are confronted with seemingly contradictory goals: prevent or minimize agents that damage trees, but also maintain biodiversity, including the species that need dead wood.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Project Manager and GIS Specialist, Mahomet Center for Conservation Sciences, 14 Maine Street, Suite 404, Brunswick, ME 04011

Publication date: 1999-01-01

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
    Ranking: 22 of 66 in forestry

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