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The Role of Uneven-Aged Silviculture in the Context of Ecosystem Management

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The role of uneven-aged silviculture in an ecosystem management context is established using three elements. A review of succession and disturbance theory establishes an ecological basis for the method. The economic and social basis for the method is derived from comparisons of yields and economics, and discussion of social aspects. The adaptive management context is developed by reviewing four classic case studies, drawing on past successes and failures of the method. Overall the case is made that widespread application of uneven-aged silviculture under ecosystem management carries both potential and risk, and that the trade-offs expand rather than limit future silvicultural options. West. J. Appl. For. 11(1):4-12.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Ecosystem Management Research Team, Southern Research Station, Hot Springs AR 71902

Publication date: January 1, 1996

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