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Forest Management at Landscape Scales: Solving the Problems

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Forest products companies undertake landscape planning to demonstrate the compatibility of forest management with ecological functions, to develop management systems that are more compatible with nonfinancial objectives, and to explore viable alternatives to restrictive regulations. Because of scientific and economic uncertainties, however, the overall planning problem has no computational solution. Three companies that developed management plans for Pacific Northwest landscapes found habitat conservation plans expensive and difficult to develop and implement, with unclear benefits. More effective landscape-level forest management will require (1) more research on species–habitat relationships and models, (2) research on the cost-effectiveness of silvicultural prescriptions for enhancing noncommercial resources, (3) a risk-based metric for computing tradeoffs among wildlife species and determining reasonable mitigation expenditures, and (4) a best-available-technology approach to formalize methods that produce predictable conservation results.

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

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Senior Scientist National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc., 552 S. Washington Street, Suite 224, Naperville, IL, 60540, 2: Wildlife Biologist Timber Department, Longview Fibre Company, Longview, Washington, 3: Wildlife Scientist Weyerhaeuser Company, Federal Way, Washington, 4: Director Fish and Wildlife Resources, Plum Creek Timber Company, Seattle,

Publication date: September 1, 2002

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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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