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Biodiversity Metrics in Sustainable Forestry Certification Programs

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We reviewed sustainable forestry certification programs and the literature to identify metrics relevant to biodiversity considerations. Two certification approaches emerged, one based on an organization's management processes and one based on measurements of forest components against desired outcomes. However, there was little documentation of why certain metrics were chosen for either approach. A common theme in the literature was concern with the criteria for selecting metrics rather than recommendations of specific metrics. Biodiversity conservation plans and metrics should reflect landowner goals and address societal concerns as well as ecological considerations.

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

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Professor Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Clemson University Clemson SC 29634-0317, Email: 2: Invasive Species Coordinator Department of Plant Industry Clemson University Pendleton South Carolina 3: Professor and Chair Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Clemson University Clemson SC 29634-0317 4: Research Scientist National Council for Air and Stream Improvement Clemson South Carolina

Publication date: April 1, 2004

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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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