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EMDS: Using a Logic Framework to Assess Forest Ecosystem Sustainability

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More and more, bioregional assessments are being viewed as essential components of ecosystem management. But forestry professionals and others have identified several challenges posed by this new brand of regional-scale analysis. This article summarizes key challenges facing assessments in general, describes use of a logic-based modeling framework with an example of evaluating forest ecosystem sustainability in particular, and discusses ways in which logic-based modeling can help address the challenges of bioregional assessment.

Keywords: assessment; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; logic-based modeling; natural resource management; natural resources; sustainability

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Research Forester USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, 3200 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR, 97331,

Publication date: 2001-06-01

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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.

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