Conservation Biology and Forest Certification: Working Together toward Ecological Sustainability

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We examine how forest certification can be used more effectively to produce concrete conservation results on forests that have been designated for timber production, by limiting forest fragmentation (thereby improving forest intactness over a landscape scale), and by conserving structural diversity, wildlife habitats, late successional components, natural disturbance regimes, and other components of biodiversity. We conclude that forest certification, as an integrative tool to be used in silvicultural management processes, can play an important role in promoting the sustainability of managed forests and of forestry.

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

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Manager for US Forest Conservation World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20037, nick.brown@wwfus.org 2: Principal Conservation Science, Inc., Corvallis, Oregon 3: Director Missouri Resource Assessment Project, University of Missouri, Columbia 4: Former Intern World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20037

Publication date: August 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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