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Evaluating Forestland Classification Schemes as Tools for Maintaining Biodiversity

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Abstract:

Monitoring and managing biodiversity requires information about habitat and, in most cases, specific information on the composition and structure of the current vegetation. Forestland classification schemes are a source of this information, but we conclude that no one classification scheme provides all the information managers need to maintain biodiversity. Rather, each provides some relevant information; in combination, they may help resource managers organize information at the appropriate spatial scales for monitoring and maintaining biodiversity.

Keywords: ecosystem management; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; wildlife

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Professor School of Forestry and Wood Products, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, 49931, kspregit@mtu.edu 2: Graduate Research Assistant School of Forestry and Wood Products, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, 49931 3: Program Manager National Council of the Paper Industry for Air and Stream Improvement, Clemson, South Carolina

Publication date: February 1, 2001

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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.
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