2017 Webinar: Ecological Forestry to Promote Healthy Forests

Ecological forestry has many definitions but at the simplest it is balancing the need for the extraction of forests products and natural stand and disturbance dynamics.  Increasingly foresters and natural resource managers have to balance multiple objectives when developing silvicultural prescriptions.  Silvics, the knowledge of individual tree’s life history, growth, and behavior, is the foundation of silviculture.  By using knowledge of silvics, disturbance history, and underlying site characteristics, natural resource managers can use ecological forestry to develop silvicultural prescription to increase overall forest health.

Date: Tuesday, August 15 from noon to 1:00pm (Central)
Speaker: Marcella Windmuller-Campione, UMN Forest Resources Department

Details on our entire 2017 webinar series.

References mentioned during the webinar:


All citations:
  • Corace, III, R. G., Goebel, P. C., Hix, D. M., Casselman, T., & Seefelt, N. E. (2009). Ecological forestry at National Wildlife Refuges: experiences from Seney National Wildlife Refuge and Kirtland's Warbler Wildlife Management Area, USA. The Forestry Chronicle, 85(5), 695-701.
  • D'Amato, A. W., Bradford, J. B., Fraver, S., & Palik, B. J. (2013). Effects of thinning on drought vulnerability and climate response in north temperate forest ecosystems. Ecological Applications, 23(8), 1735-1742.
  • Franklin, J. F. (1989). The "new forestry.". Journal of soil and water conservation, 44(6), 549.
  • Franklin, J. F., Mitchell, R. J., & Palik, B. J. (2007). Natural disturbance and stand development principles for ecological forestry.
  • Helms, J. A. (1998). The dictionary of forestry.
  • Kerr, G., & Simpson, J. (1999). What is continuous cover forestry?. Forestry Commission.
  • Kuuluvainen, T., & Grenfell, R. (2012). Natural disturbance emulation in boreal forest ecosystem management-theories, strategies, and a comparison with conventional even-aged management 1 1 This article is one of a selection of papers from the 7th International Conference on Disturbance Dynamics in Boreal Forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 42(7), 1185-1203.
  • Long, J. N. (2009). Emulating natural disturbance regimes as a basis for forest management: a North American view. Forest Ecology and Management, 257(9), 1868-1873.
  • Nagel, L. M., Palik, B. J., Battaglia, M. A., D'Amato, A. W., Guldin, J. M., Swanston, C. W., ... & Peterson, D. L. (2017). Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change: A National Experiment in Manager-Scientist Partnerships to Apply an Adaptation Framework. Journal of Forestry, 115(3), 167-178.
  • O'Hara, K. L. (2016). What is close-to-nature silviculture in a changing world?. Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research, 89(1), 1-6.
  • Perera, A. H., & Buse, L. J. (2004). Emulating natural disturbance in forest management: an overview. Emulating natural forest landscape disturbances, 3-7.
  • Pommerening, A., & Murphy, S. T. (2004). A review of the history, definitions and methods of continuous cover forestry with special attention to afforestation and restocking. Forestry, 77(1), 27-44.
  • Pro, Silva. 2012 Pro Silva Principles. Pro Silva - Association of European Foresters Practicing Management which follows Natural Processes .
  • Puettmann, K. J., Wilson, S. M., Baker, S. C., Donoso, P. J., Drössler, L., Amente, G., ... & Putz, F. E. (2015). Silvicultural alternatives to conventional even-aged forest management-what limits global adoption?. Forest Ecosystems, 2(1), 8.
  • Seymour, R. S., & White, A. S. (2002). Natural disturbance regimes in northeastern North America-evaluating silvicultural systems using natural scales and frequencies. Forest Ecology and Management155(1), 357-367.

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